Oxycodone, also commonly referred to by the brand name OxyContin, is a synthesized opiate that is commonly prescribed to treat extreme pain. It is also frequently given to patients in tablet form under the names Percocet and Percodan. While the drug was initially developed to be a less addictive form of traditional morphine, time has proven that oxycodone is just as addictive as its opiate derivative and abuse of this drug has become quite common. As reported by the Center for Disease Control, in 2010 more than 16,600 people died of overdoses related to oxycodone and other synthetic opiates. Due to its dangers, possession of this drug without a valid prescription is strictly prohibited in several states. Oxycodone has been classified as a federally controlled Schedule II drug, imposing strict manufacturing and distribution guidelines for pharmaceutical companies.