This is a Side Effect of Purdue Pharmas Great Painkillers

http://youtu.be/95lReNajlZE Good footage from AlJazeera from Kabul about Afghani smugglers. If you don't understand the connection to an American pharmaceutical company, it is briefly like so: - OxyContin is a narcotic painkiller that is incredibly addictive - Street value of an OxyContin pill is over $50 - Users of OxyContin (or other opioids) who become addicted experience incredibly painful emotional and physical withdrawals without the drug - Street value of a hit of heroin is $5-$10 and produces the same effect as OxyContin I am sure you can piece together the rest of the puzzle as to why Purdue Pharmas billion dollar drug that is basically "legal heroin" has fueled a global trade that also funds Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

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Famous Rock Musician Succumbs to Opiate Addiction and Robs Pharmacy on Tour

In an almost unbelievably tragic story, the destructive grip  of OxyContin is yet again displayed as a touring rock star robs a pharmacy in a taxi to get OxyContin. Michael Todd was scheduled to play the Comcast Center in Mansfield Massachussetts on the night of July 10th when he went into an Attleboro Walgreens and "held it up" (with a bomb threat  - displayed on his blackberry) for OxyContin.  He eventually was given oxycodone and left in a taxi getaway car. Why Would Someone Do This? Before you dismiss this as a laughable act of a crazy person - we would ask you to consider what kind of suffering Michael Todd might have been experiencing due to OxyContin addiction. As part of the  powerful and artistically lauded rock band Coheed and Cambria, Michael had worked his way up through the ranks of the rock circuit and acheived rock stardom status.   That fact alone is the culmination of a dream shared by millions and should have left him feeling…

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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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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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Antiopes – “Quit Oxy Without Withdrawal Symptoms”

Today we read the Press Release on SFGate by the makers of Antiopes.  We would definitely love to see a drug emerge that could help you "Quit Painkiller Addiction with no Withdrawal Symptoms" (actual quote) but we have our doubts. Antiopes is a medicine that seems to be mainly OTC herbs that will supposedly reduce discomfort during the detoxification period.  We are not sure what to make of such "pie in the sky" claims, and will defer to the community of recovering opiate addicts to weigh in on Antiopes and how it served them. One thing that is for sure, considering the amount of pain and suffering that is being caused by opiate addiction today, it would certainly seem to open the door for some unscrupulous businessmen to profit off of the pain of others by promising "a pain free detox from OxyContin." There is a treatment center looking for Antiopes user reviews and we eill be keeping an eye on the ongoing conversation over there.

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