The oxycodone molecule - rotatable in 3 dimensions

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 (5R,9R,13S,14S)-4,5a-Epoxy - 14-hydroxy-3-methoxy-17-methyl morphinan- 6-one.
Chemical differences from the codeine (methyl morphine) molecule:
Hydroxy group
carbonyl group
dihydro groups

This model is based on the hydrochloride form, and H(+) and Cl(-) are shown at the edges.
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Web references

OxyContin (oxycodone HCl) Extended-Release Tablets | Official Site
'This is blood money': Tate shuns Sacklers - and others urged to follow by Joanna Walters (news editor and writer for Guardian US)