An addiction to an opioid like Oxycodone can happen easily and quickly. It is the main ingredient found in both Percocet and Oxycontin. While used medicinally as a painkiller, Oxycodone is a habit-forming drug in which a tolerance and dependence can develop rapidly, creating the urge to misuse it.
While Oxycodone is prescribed to manage severe pain in an individual, it can also produce a high. Individuals might use it to relieve symptoms of arthritis, cancer or pain relief following surgery. Oxycontin is the most commonly prescribed form of this opioid. When ingested orally, it has a controlled release that minimizes or eliminates pain for up to 12 hours. However, using Oxycodone recreationally by snorting, crushing or injecting it results in a euphoric feeling. Taking any medication in a manner not prescribed, such as injecting a dissolved pill, may result in a deadly overdose.