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Oxycontin is the brand name for a chemical compound known as oxycodone. Doctors prescribe this pharmaceutical drug to patients who are suffering from painful conditions because it changes how the nervous system delivers signals to the brain. This drug can provide enormous relief to people suffering from chronic pain conditions. The problem is, it’s highly addictive and therefore extremely dangerous.

Even a short-term prescription from a doctor can easily lead patients down the road of serious chemical addiction that’s difficult to shake. This addiction, unfortunately, can also lead to criminal charges if a patient is forced to satisfy their chemical dependency by obtaining the drug illegally.

The side effects associated with Oxycontin include the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Rashes
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Breathing difficulties

In order to lawfully use Oxycontin, patients must obtain a prescription from a treating physician. In some cases, after a patient becomes addicted, a doctor will cut the patient off and refuse to prescribe them any more. As the need for the drug continues, the patient may resort to unlawful means to obtain the drug. This cycle of abuse has lead numerous otherwise law-abiding citizens to find themselves arrested and facing serious drug possession charges in court.

If you have been accused of drug possession related to Oxycontin, you should investigate your legal rights and options. If it’s your first criminal charge, you may get the benefit of leniency from the court. You may also be able to receive state assistance to help you with your addiction. An experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney can provide more information.