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What Is Oxycontin?

Oxycontin is a brand name prescription drug used to manage moderate to severe pain symptoms. It is a slow release pain medication that is often mixed with aspirin or other pain killers. The main ingredient in Oxycontin is called oxycodone. This is a semi-synthetic substance that is derived from poppy plants. It is similar to opiates such as heroin and generally sold in tablet form (though some users may inject the drug).

Is Oxycontin Dangerous?

Oxycodone has been prescribed and used since before 1920. There may be some side effects to normal use, such as dizziness, nausea, cramps, and other symptoms. However, Oxycontin can be considered addicting and can lead to dependence, addiction, and withdrawal.

Severe symptoms of abuse can include muscle pain, fevers, convulsions, and shallow breathing, loss of consciousness, and even death. There is also a potential for overdose if dosages are too high. In addition, street-grade Oxycontin can be dangerous because dealers often mix the product with other chemicals so that they can turn a profit.

What Are the Legal Consequences of Oxycontin Related Crimes?

Oxycontin was introduced into the market as a prescription drug, and it is still available by prescription. However, abuse and drug trafficking have resulted in full-scale drug operations that can sometimes involve other violent aspects. For instance, some drug dealers obtain the drug illegally in mass quantities and resell them on the black market.

Certain areas of America are experiencing recurring holdups and shooting as pharmacies, as dealers and addicts seek to get a hold of the product.

Like any drug crime, Oxycontin crimes can result in misdemeanor charges (usually for simple possession of a small amount without a prescription). They can also result in felony charges, especially in cases involving mass distribution or violent assault. Penalties can range from 1 year in jail for misdemeanors, up to 20 years or more for felonies.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Oxycontin Crimes?

Prescription drug abuse is a growing concern, as it spans across many age groups. It affects both young and old persons alike. Crimes involving Oxycontin and other substances are serious and can lead to strict penalties. You may wish to hire a criminal defense lawyer in your area if you have any questions or concerns involving drug crimes. Your criminal defense lawyer can provide you with advice and can also represent you if you need to attend a hearing.

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Last Modified: 08-22-2016 02:15 PM PDT

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