What is the difference between Oxycontin and OxyNEO?

OxyNEO has been all over the news recently, but it sounds just like Oxycontin to me. What's the difference?

asked 08 Mar '12, 17:00

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Prescription drug abuse, particularly pain pills like OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, etc., is quickly becoming the premier drug problem in North America. In an effort to cut abuse, slow-release capsules with "tamper-proof" codings, like OxyNEO, have been made and are currently distributed in Canada.

(11 Mar '12, 20:36) Jack ♦


Prescription Drugs

Oxycontin and OxyNEO are available by prescription only.


Drug Abuse

The rate of Oxycontin abuse has skyrocketed in recent years. In an attempt to control abuse, the creation of tamper-proof versions, like OxyNEO, are now available.



Oxycontin and OxyNEO are prescription opiates used for pain management.



Oxycontin is very addictive and easy for abusers to tamper with.



Painkillers is a colloquialism for prescription pain relievers.

In short, OxyNEO is the abuse-proof version of OxyContin. They are both oxycodone-based pain killers, but OxyNEO uses a gel based formulation designed to prevent snorting or injecting with a needle. Canada has replaced all Oxycontin sales with OxyNEO in an effort to fight growing oxy abuse and addiction.

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