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Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone, a semi-synthetic opiate derived from naturally-occurring codeine and thebaine, is usually administered as an analgesic for patients recovering from painful injuries and after surgery. Lately though, along with other pain relievers and tranquilizers such as Xanax and Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, or Vicodin has taken center stage as the new vogue-drug among teenagers, college students and professional adults, according to a recent Texas report on prescription drug abuse.