Oxycodone (OxyContin) is an opioid, very similar to codeine. It is used for managing moderate to severe acute or chronic pain.
However it has increasingly become a recreational drug worldwide.
In the UK it is a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. There is a high risk of addiction with this and other opioids, and there have been a large number of deaths associated with its use.
Attention has been drawn to donations made by the Sackler family - owners of the manufacturer Purdue Pharma - to various art museums (Guggenheim in New York, Tate Modern in London) and pressure has developed to reject this sponsorship.
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Oxycodone's IUPAC name is