Oxycontin is one of the drugs in the opioid class of prescription painkiller drugs. It works by preventing certain chemicals in your brain from being released. Blocking these chemicals does an effective job of relieving pain. Pain relief is not the drug’s only effect. For many people, using Oxycontin also puts your brain in a euphoric state, giving you a sense of general well-being.
Oxycontin abuse and addiction may endanger your life. The United States’ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in 2011 that there was a worsening “epidemic” of overdose deaths associated with opioid (opiate) medication such as Oxycontin. Opioids were “involved in 14,800 deaths (73.8%) of 20,044 prescription drug overdoses” reported in one of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reports.