Hello, here is some key info. My source is www.addictionsearch.com/treatment_articles/
article/percocet-addiction-effects-and-treatment_45.htmlBecause it is so potent, oxycontin is only prescribed (by competent doctors) to cancer patients and others who are in extreme chronic pain.Most users take 40 milligrams or more at a time by crushing a pill and snorting the powder in the same manner as snorting cocaine. If the pill were not crushed, it couldn't be snorted and the time release coating would delay and reduce the effects of the drug.Crushing the pill eliminates the time-release properties and causes the drug to hit at one time, rather than being slowly time released. The user gets higher than they would if the time release coating was intact.Snorting oxycontin results in immediate high that is stronger than it would be if taken orally. So, a first-time user who wants a quick high can get the desired result by snorting a low, non-lethal dose. If oxycontin is taken orally it may take an hour or more to hit and the high is not as strong as it would be if snorted. However, the high lasts longer if taken orally.Some users who find injecting and snorting unappealing the pill and take oxycontin orally. This eliminates the time release properties and causes the drug to hit at one time, rather than being slowly time released. The user gets higher than they would if the time release coating was intact.OxyContin is or has been available in 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160 milligram strengths. An oxycontin 20 contains 20mg of oxycodone, an oxycontin 80 contains 80mg of oxycodone, etc. There were several overdoses that caused death when users with no previous opioid experience took 160mg doses.