The Truth about Painkillers: these medicinal drugs trap tens of thousands seeking relief from pain and discomfort.
Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller. It is the principal ingredient found in Oxycontin, Percocet and Percodan. It is a legal narcotic drug available by prescription to treat severe pain. In pill form it is a controlled-release medication. When the drug is abused, it is crushed and snorted, chewed or mixed with water and injected — eliminating the time-release factor and providing a quick and intense rush to the brain. As powerful as heroin, Oxycodone affects the nervous system the same way.