Ontario Canada – Florida’s Replacement (for Oxy Addicts)

In Ontario Canada, researchers found that physicians are over-prescribing narcotic pain killers. Ontario drug researchers are linking this six year investigation to the reason for an increase addiction and deaths caused by prescription drugs in their region. Efforts are in the works trying to curb addiction and monitor those that are being prescribed the narcotics. Will Ontario become a smuggler's paradise? Will it feed the lower 48 states with Oxy and other drugs once Florida gets its act together and handles the prescription drug epidemic there? The province’s public drug plan for Canadians in Ontario covers prescription narcotic pain killers. Research done by Ontario Drug Policy Research Network discovered that the plan was exceeding the amount of doses set out in Canadian clinical guidelines. Tara Gomes who is the project leader and epidemiologist for the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, published on Tuesday in the journal of Open Medicine that prescription rates for all opioids rose 16.2% between 2003 through 2008. The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network did a…

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One Clear Sign of an Epidemic: Pharmacy Robberies

The addiction for pharmaceuticals is at an all time high. One consequence is that there has been an unprecedented number of robberies at major chain pharmacies. As other crimes across the nation are seeing reductions, this crime that is increasing. Major pharmacies have had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading security. The penalties are stiff, and once caught  the perpetrators get a rude awaking of the federal system. Coast to Coast Pharmacy Crimes Knoxville Suffers: One area where there has been a rise in prescription drug armed robberies is Knoxville Tennessee.  Authorities  have noticed a drastic increase in drug store robberies in the past year.  Knoxville police department shows that robberies jumped from 26 to 44 from 2009 to 2010.     In the month of December 2010 investigators worked on ten cases - including one day where there were three separate attempts. Already in January of this year, authorities have already started investigating five cases, where three of them happened at the same location. In San Diego…

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Addiction Professional’s Take on the Silent Epidemic

Our addiction counselor Tif B had the below to say about this excellent article on Novasans.com. "This is a subject that needs to have this kind of discussion and exposure. The increase in prescription drug addiction has been steadily increasing for several years. There is also a perception by the general public, that because it is "prescribed" and is legal, there is not a danger of addiction. Once addicted to the pain killers, the person will "create" pains and see their doctors more often, for further prescriptions. Most doctors will question or refuse to prescribe more. The person who is addicted will then get creative and either buys them in the streets or go “doctor shopping". "Doctor shopping" is the process of the person going from doctor to doctor, until they get a doctor that will prescribe what they want. Some of these people, who have become addicted, will have several doctors they will shop. They will also use several different pharmacies, as to not be detected. One of…

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OxyContin Part of Dramatic Rise in ER Visits

In 2009, more than 1.2 million people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for the non medical use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  This number has more than doubled in recent years, from about 500,000 visits in 2004.  For the first time, the number of emergency room visits for the non-medical use of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs surpassed the number of visits for illicit drug abuse. The figures were based on a study conduction by the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), a government program that monitors ER visits and deaths caused by drugs.  According to DAWN, the prescription drugs that were most often involved in ER visits were: Opioids, which are used to relieve pain and include oxycodone (brand names OxyContin and Roxicodone), hydrocone and methadone. Benzodiazepines, which are used to treat anxiety and insomnia and include the brands Xanax, Klonapin, Valium and Ativan. Zolpidem (brand name Ambien), a sleep aid. The alarming rise in prescription drug abuse includes both sexes and all ages, including teens and young…

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St. Thomas Overrun by OxyContin

Hillbilly Heroin, kicker, oxy...call it what you want, it’s all the same.  Local police have become alarmed for these small yellow/white pills that are becoming a big problem. It’s a narcotic painkiller called OxyContin and it is highly addictive.  It’s also called Percocet, Oxycocet, and Percodan when mixed with other things such as aspirin.  These oxycodone-based drugs are for moderate to sever pain.  However the treatment has side effects of euphoria, or an intense feeling of pleasure, which makes the drug so appealing and addictive. Health Canada states, “With the purest form of the drug, OxyContin, pills are time-released when taken normally, but when chewed, inhaled through the nose or injected, the effects become stronger.”  So strong, that it’s hard not to get addicted to the feeling of stimulation.  People become reliant on that feeling and continue to abuse the drug in order to get that high again and again. Serious consequences can come from the abuse of oxycodone.  An overdose can cause circulatory collapse or cause individuals to…

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Mothers Fighting Together Against OxyContin

We are impressed with a recent article we read inthe Outer Banks Sentinel about mothers who have teamed up to fight against the rampant OxyContin abuse that is occurring in the Northeast. The group in Dare County has been spurred on by the fatal and near fatal overdoses experienced by their loved ones and family members. The story of Ward Blanchard is recounted and is a typical one.  "He never drank or did a drug until he was 25 years old." His mother said.  An autoimmune disease exposed him to OxyContin and other opiates and he went down the all too familiar road of opiate addiction. If you live in the area, Get involved with the Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse. Other Good Articles Relating to OxyContin: The American Double Sacrifice follows the story of a corporal who became addicted to painkillers in the course of combat in Afghanistan.  The story and many quotes are recounted in the article as well as a link about the website and book:…

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Today is International Drug Overdose Awareness Day

We love to see the Salvation Army starting an International Overdose Awareness Day. This day is not so much about specifically OxyContin overdose (or the heroin that many users of Oxys end up abusing), but just overdoses in general. This site was started due to the overdoses we witnessed.  If it were not for the grief that we witnessed from the families and friends of those who became ensnared in opiate addiction, we would not have been compelled enough to undertake this. The Salvation Army has a touching page of tributes which are moving to read.  I don't see anywhere to add them.  Since this site is inundated with spam comments I recommend leaving a tribute (should you feel the need to) on this treatment center blog article about Awareness Day. Today we would like to take this opportunity to reach out to those who are still alive.  If you are addicted or know someone who is, then this is your chance.  Take action. Get help. Pick up the…

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More on the OxyContinuum from Steve Bruno

The below is reprinted from Interventionist Steven Bruno's newsletter.  He can be contacted by calling 800-880-0330 or visiting http://www.MoreThanHope.com Why is it that almost all of my interventions these days seem to have to do with the pain-killer OxyContin? It didn't used to be like this. Take "Sandra" for example, (not her real name): she is 22 years old, from Washington state, and, until two years ago, was an honor student with bright blue eyes, shimmering hair framing rosy cheeks and a broad smile.  I got her into treatment this past week so hopefully that smile will return. But it's gone now. Over the course of two short years she became depressed and isolated; a shadow that her own family barely recognized.  She dyed her hair black and smeared on heavy mascara and thick make-up to cover her acne scars. When the family hired me to do the intervention, "Sandra" was living with a drug dealer, working in a strip club, shooting and smoking OxyContin and was completely alienated…

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PrescriptionAddictionRadio.com

Larry Golbom is a pharmacist who definitely understands the dynamics of the silent epidemic of prescription drug addiction in America.  "Larry G" hosts a radio show every Sunday night from 9-11 PM (EST) to make listeners aware of the dangers of drugs like OxyContin.  You can listen to the radio show and listen to the archives on PrescriptionAddictionRadio.com. Larry G's site has a wealth of information and links that will be enlightening to the individual who is suspicious about the legality of benefit of OxyContin. I would highly recommended starting off by listening to "Oxycontin - Biggest medical hoax in last 100 years." In this .mp3 download, Larry G draws a great parallel between Purdue Pharma's promotion of OxyContin in the 1990s and Bayer's promotion of   heroin in the 1890s.  Both companies profited by promoting these highly addictive substances with medical "studies," promotional gifts,  and free samples. Larry G is on the forefront to the battle against the unethical prescribing of narcotic painkillers.  Be sure to click on some…

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