Street name for OxyContin are: Oxy, Oxy's , Oxyies, Oxycotton, OC's, Killers, Oceans, O's, Oxycoffins, and Hillbilly Heroin. OxyContin is a trade name product for the generic narcotic Oxycodone hydrochloride, an opiate agonist. OxyContin is derived from thebaine which is an element of morphine. Manufactured by Purdue Pharma LP, OxyContin is a controlled release form of Oxycodone prescribed to treat chronic pain. When used as prescribed, OxyContin can provide pain relief for up to 12 hours.
OxyContin is currently under new development by Purdue Pharma who has announced its plans to create a new formula for its popular painkiller. They are hoping to make it less susceptible to abuse and addiction. OxyContin has been used for everything from injuries, bursitis, dislocation, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, lower back pain and cancer pain.
Specific antagonists have been developed to reverse the respiratory depression associated with OxyContin. The two narcotic antagonists in use today are naloxone (Navcan) and naltrexone. Naltrexone is used primarily for the treatment of narcotic addiction to block the effects of opiates, especially the euphoric effects experienced in opiate addiction.
OxyContin is a schedule II drugs under the Federal Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. Federal sentencing guidelines for diverted schedule II pharmaceuticals are determined by the total weight of the tablets, not the strength. Similar drugs of lower strength such as Percocet and Tylox may weigh more then OxyContin, thus distributing the same quantities may result in stiffer penalties than the distribution of OxyContin.
Authorities in Main, in conjunction with the U.S. Government, launched a new initiative in 2000 regarding OxyContin Abuse. The Maine Attorney Generals Office has proposed legislation seeking to make possession of a large number of OxyContin tablets a felony, such possession is currently a misdemeanor.