Oxycontin was originally believed to be less addictive than some previous opiate medications, was widely marketed, and prescribed in outrageous quantities. When trying to find a “cause” of the epidemic, Oxycontin was named as the scapegoat and quickly pulled from the market for the most part.
Oxycodone replaced Oxycontin as a “mild” pain-reliever, but still possess the same addictive qualities. When used as prescribed, oxycodone can manage symptoms of pain resulting from injury, surgery, or the like. When taken illicitly, it is often ingested or crushed and snorted to produce a sense of euphoria. Many patients in MAT programs identify oxycodone (or one of its subtypes) as their drug of choice.