Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 1 decade ago

Help with a report on oxycontin!!?

I have a report coming up in my health class, and it is on Oxycontin. We have to write an essay answering so many questions, and one of the questions I can just not find the answer to. Pleas help....

Ok, where did oxycontin first originate? The only thing I could find was that it was synthesized in a german lab in that true???

The other is where can it be found today??? That is hard because it is used for severe medical cases so it is obviously in pharmacies, and of course people have it illegally, but if you have any other info. that would be great


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  • 1 decade ago
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    OxyContin is a brand name for Oxycodone. See timeline:

    1916 Oxycodone was first synthesized in Germany as a semi-synthetic derivative of thebaine.

    1917 Oxycodone is first introduced into clinical practice in Germany under the brand name Eukodal.

    1920s Reports first surface of Oxycodone causing "euphoric highs" in patients.

    1950 Percodan (oxycodone and aspirin combo) is first launched by Endo Pharmaceutical.

    1960 The United Nation Office on Drug and Crime includes oxycodone in the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Ordinance.

    1971 Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen combo) is first launched by Endo Pharmaceutical.

    1995 The FDA approves a higher-dose time-release form of Oxycodone under the brand name OxyContin, owned by Purdue Pharma.

    1996 OxyContin becomes publicly available. Recreational use and abuse of oxycodone increases.

    2001 OxyContin faces significant national media attention in the U.S. because of increases in recreational use and abuse.

    Oxycodone is an semi-synthetic opioid analgesic, used primarily in the treatment of pain. It saw a significant increase in recreational use when the higher-dose time-release form OxyContin was introduced in 1995.

    You sould find everything you need on Click on "Plants and Drugs" then go to the bottom center, you will see a drop down list that says "Pharmaceuticals." Then find Oxycodone. There, you should find all you need. Hope this helps.

    P.S. Wikipedia is good too!

  • 1 decade ago

    OxyContin® is a prescription painkiller used for moderate to high pain relief associated with injuries, bursitis, dislocations, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, lower back pain, and pain associated with cancer.(1) OxyContin® contains oxycodone, the medication's active ingredient, in a timed-release tablet. Oxycodone products have been illicitly abused for the past 30 years.(2)

    Oxycodone is a Schedule II narcotic analgesic and is widely used in clinical medicine. It is marketed either alone as controlled release (OxyContin®) and immediate release formulations (OxyIR®, OxyFast®), or in combination with other nonnarcotic analgesics such as aspirin (Percodan®) or acetaminophen (Percocet®). The introduction in 1996 of OxyContin®, commonly known on the street as OC, OX, Oxy, Oxycotton, Hillbilly heroin, and kicker, led to a marked escalation of its abuse as reported by drug abuse treatment centers, law enforcement personnel, and health care professionals. Although the diversion and abuse of OxyContin® appeared initially in the eastern US, it has now spread to the western US including Alaska and Hawaii. Oxycodone-related adverse health effects increased markedly in recent years. In 2004, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for marketing generic forms of controlled release oxycodone products.(3)

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