OxyContin usually contains anywhere from 10 to 80 mg of oxycodone in the time-released formula, which provides pain relief for up to 12 hours. OxyContin stood out in the opioid market because of its ability to provide constant pain relief, unlike other shorter-lasting opioids.
While there is a lot of value in using OxyContin to treat various forms of pain, it also has a high potential for abuse. People who abuse OxyContin will often crush up tablets and dissolve them to inject it, or they’ll snort it, which alleviates the time-release functionality of the drug. That gives them a faster, fuller effect than they would otherwise get from OxyContin.