OxyContin (the brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used for pain relief. Most commonly, it’s used to help patients with serious, long-term pain, such as that related to cancer, arthritis, broken bones, and other serious injuries. Unfortunately, OxyContin has also been widely abused and connected to hundreds of deaths, many as the result of accidental overdose.
Derived from an opium alkaloid, OxyContin shares some properties with opium, morphine, and heroin. A strong sedative, it can alleviate pain, produce feelings of euphoria, and is highly addictive. OxyContin is also relatively inexpensive and many insurance companies pay for the prescription, something that can encourage fraud. Patients may fake injuries and doctors and pharmacists may order or fill illegitimate prescriptions for bribes. OxyContin is also sold on the streets.
By subverting the drug’s time-release mechanism, recreational users endanger their safety. The quick ‘high’ can lead to serious health consequences, including death. When OxyContin is used in conjunction with alcohol or other drugs, the risk increases.
Doctors that prescribe OxyContin owe a duty to carefully monitor their patients’ regimens and use to ensure safety. If you, or a loved one, have been injured by OxyContin, contact Utah Medical Malpractice Lawyer Ryan Springer today for a free, no obligation evaluation of your rights.