Opana – A Popular Substitute for OxyContin Users

  Opana: A Powerful Prescription Opioid Opana is a drug that was created initially to combat the abuse issues that arose with Purdue Pharma’s most popular and addictive drug, Oxycontin. Unfortunately, this drug is abused often just like its predecessor. People often crush the pills and then chew, inject or snort them. Newer formulas have been made to be crush-proof, so they can’t be ingested quickly to get high. This version can drive a person with an opioid addiction to the streets to get their fix. Facts About Opana Opana is seeing a rise in popularity as a drug of choice among opioid users. Here are some facts about the drug: Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone hydrochloride. Like Oxycodone, Opana is a narcotic painkiller that is similar to morphine but much, much stronger. Opana should never be taken with food. Opana levels can move dangerously high in the bloodstream if taken with food. This won’t enhance a user’s high, but it can lead to death. When prescribed…

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OxyContin Addicts Lay Siege to Pharmacies

When Seattle pharmacist Mike Donohue started his career two decades ago, he never dreamed that he would someday be packing a gun each day at work.  Nor did he imagine that pharmacies would require security cameras and bullet-proof glass to stop stray bullets from injuring passers by.  Unfortunately, a string of 6 recent robberies has forced Donohue to adopt a siege mentality.  Each of the armed robbers was seeking one thing – OxyContin. Pharmacy robberies that target OxyContin are on the rise across the country and Washington State has been particularly hard hit.  Most of the thieves are addicted to the drug and some are drug dealers who can get up to $5,000 on the street for a single bottle of OxyContin.  Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, maintains an online database of pharmacy crimes that are related to the drug.  The RXPatrol website shows more than 2,000 robberies reported in the past 7 years.   This actual number is probably much higher since it represents only the robberies reported.…

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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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Son of Democratic Chairman Dies of Overdose

The son of Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Chip Forrester was found dead in his Phi Gamma Delta house  last month. Wilson Forrester, 19, was a promising student at the University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona, which was ranked the fifth “hardest-partying” college in 2009 by Playboy. On April 2, 2011 Forrester was having drinks at Fiji’s fraternity house when friends had to call paramedics after Forrester’s body collapsed. Forrester was pronounced dead at around 9 a.m. When Tucson news KGUN tried to talk to his Phi Gamma Delta, or Fiji, fraternity brothers they refused to comment. Only one comment was made “We’re getting over it and whatever you guys can find by yourselves, that’s pretty much it.” On April 3, 2011 an autopsy was performed by Dr. Parks with the Pima County Medical Examiners office. Dr. Bruce’s report revealed that Forrester had 31 pieces of evidence of recent injury on his body, but no list in the manner or cause of the injuries. Forrester’s toxicology repot showed that he…

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Alarming Rise in Prescription Drug Overdoses

The U.S. is currently facing an epidemic of deaths caused by accidental drug overdoses.  According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 75 people die every day from drug overdoses.  More than 90% of all poisoning deaths are attributed to unintentional drug overdoses that occur during drug abuse and due to taking too much of a prescribed medication. The number of deaths from drug overdoses more than doubled between 1999 and 2007, from about 12,000 to more than 28,000 per year.   In 2007, fatal drug overdoses were second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the general population.  For those aged 35 to 54, they caused more deaths than car accidents. Most of these deaths are caused by opioid pain medications (oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone), followed by cocaine and heroin.  The increase in deaths for prescription drug overdoses coincides with a 500% increase in the number of prescriptions for opioid pain killers being written in the past 10…

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