Is OxyContin Still King?

There are growing signs around the country that the abuse of OxyContin is diminishing. The drug is being bypassed during pharmacy robberies in favor of Opana, methadone and other narcotic drugs, and some hospital emergency rooms are reporting a decrease in OxyContin overdoses. According to Forbes, the Journal of Pain and other publications, the introduction of a new tamper-resistant form of OxyContin in 2010 seems to be responsible for a decrease in abuse of the drug. Drug addicts previously crushed OxyContin pills to circumvent the drugs time-release mechanism and experience the full impact of the drug in one rush. Instead of allowing drug abusers to crush the pill for snorting or injection, the new OxyContin turns into a gummy mush when tampered with. Unfortunately, the reformulation of OxyContin does not appear to be leading to an overall drop in drug abuse. In the past decade, OxyContin became so popular as a drug of abuse in rural communities that it was nicknamed "hillbilly heroin." This nickname has unfortunately proved to…

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“Gateway to Heroin” Documents the Link between OxyContin and Heroin

In 2009, Current TV correspondent Mariana von Zeller traveled to South Florida to report on the prescription drug pipeline that stretches from the beaches of Miami to the hills of Appalachia.  Her documentary, "The OxyContin Express," won a Peabody Award for its depiction of the impact of Florida's prescription drug epidemic on addicts, law enforcement officials and prisoners.  Now von Zeller has produced a new documentary called "Gateway to Heroin" that exposes how prescription opiate addicts are turning to heroin for a cheaper high. For "Gateway to Heroin," von Zeller focused on the situation in Massachusetts, where prescription pills have become the most popular street drugs.  Many drug dealers travel to Florida (referred to by von Zeller as the "Colombia of prescription drugs") to obtain prescription drugs illegally, bringing them back to Massachusetts to sell on the street.  In an article on the CNN website, von Zeller states that more people are abusing prescription drugs than heroin, cocaine and Ecstasy combined. The most abused prescription drugs are painkillers that…

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Black Market OxyContin Worth Millions

  Black Market OxyContin Worth Millions Prescription drug abuse has created a growing black market demand for pain killers like OxyContin as well as for drugs used to treat depression and anxiety.  Using data from federal law enforcement agencies, CNN recently published a comparison of street versus legal prescription drug prices: OxyContin: up to $80 on the street compared to $6 with a prescription. Hydrocodone and/or Vicodin: up to $25 compared to $1.50. Percocet: up to $15 compared to $6. The high price of black market OxyContin and other illegal prescription drugs is driven by a growing demand.  Even after the release of OxyContin's new formulation the drug is the primary target of opiate addicted abusers. The DEA reports that 7 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2009, up 13% from 2008.  The agency expects there to be another double-digit percentage change in users in 2010.  Abuse of prescription drugs has spread throughout the nation, with major cities like New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles being especially hard…

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Glen Alexander – A Life Ended Too Soon Part I

Glen Tyson Alexander February 17, 1987 ~ July 2, 2010 Glen always said, He didn't have a purpose in life.  He did.  He does. Glen was born in Whittier, CA on February 17, 1987.  He was the youngest of six children (2 brothers and 3 sisters).   He wanted to be born feet first, but instead they did an emergency c-section.  He was the third one of my children to be diagnosed as extremely ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and was started on medication in second grade.  By eighth grade he didn't want to take meds anymore.  He told me, "I know they make me behave better, but I don't like the way they make me feel".  He always dealt with anxiety and depression and was diagnosed bipolar as a young adult. Whatever his problems were, they didn't keep his family and friends from loving him. He had a unforgettable smile, a very funny sense of humor, and a way of living life to the fullest.  He had his own…

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