OxyContin is a type of medication that is commonly used to aid in pain relief with ongoing, chronic pain (e.g., cancer). Oxycodone (another name for OxyContin) is a drug that is classified as an opioid analgesic. It operates within the brain to alter how your body feels and reacts to pain.
However, OxyContin is not a drug that should be taken lightly. In fact, Oxycodone that is taken in higher dosages and strengths (40+ mg, per tablet) should only be taken if an individual is already taking considerable quantities of opioid pain medication. Without the correct amount of an opioid pain medication, taking too much OxyContin can result in overdose (and death in extreme situations).