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
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Sticky Oxycontin Formulation Very Controversial Among Patients

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There has been an ongoing debate about whether or not OxyContin should even be legal (in our opinion: no).

But, many who depend on this medication are in pain and subject to unbearable withdrawals and overwhelming suffering if the drug is not taken regularly.

Enter Sticky OxyContin.

Purdue Pharma has implemented a new “harder to abuse” version of OxyContin called “sticky OxyContin.”  The drug is supposedly tamper resistant so that it can be difficult or impossible to snort or inject.

Medical patients who rely on OxyContin and use it legitimately (orally and according to dosage guidelines) claim the drug does not have the same painkilling effect as previous formulations of OxyContin. Others, who abuse the drug have taken to discussing the methods by which they can still abuse the drug.  You can see some discussion in the comments section of …

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Three New Articles Highlight Oxy’s Damage Coast to Coast

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A look at some OxyContin in the headlines from coast to coast United States:

1. Cape Cod in Massachusetts

An article on BehavioralHealthCentral shows how middle/upper class Cape Cod is affected by OxyContin.  Using a young girl Lauren as a case study, the article chronicles the increasingly common tale of a young person becoming addicted to opiates.

On the outside, Lauren was a sweet, caring, and intelligent young women who often put her community first.  She loved animals and portrayed herself as a composed person who loved life.  Lauren hoped to be a clinical psychologist one day.

But just like many young people, Lauren was introduced to prescription drugs.  She soon became an addict, which can easily happen to so many, and it soon lead to her downfall.  In July of 2009, Lauren was arrested for percocet possession.  Her family …

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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

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Doda (or Dode) – Addictive Opiate is Sold in Teas

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We have yet another substance to fear  – Doda.  Doda is an opiate that is made by crushing up poppies and is sold as a tea primarily in Asian Communities.

We know how harmless experimentation with OxyContin often leads to heroin addiction and overdose… now we have yet another “harmless substance” (tea) that will no doubt ensnare some users to become dependent enough to seek out harder drugs  like OxyContin and heroin.

The drug is sold in retail outlets in Canada and is popular in the Asian community.  Officials are concerned that users are not aware that what they are consuming is illegal and addictive.

The police have begun to crack down on Doda.  We learned about this new opiate by reading this article  from a treatment center for doda (and other opiates).…

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OxyContin Recovery and Following the Trail of Money

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As we have written about in detail for the life of this blog, OxyContin ruins the lives of many Americans each year.  This comes as no surprise, as the main ingredient in the narcotic painkiller gives the same euphoria as heroin.

Punishing the Doctor

One Manitoba doctor lost his job as a result of prescribing OxyContin irresponsibly.  Now he is back on the job, which raises concerns, according to a recent report by the Edmonton Journal (an online publication of the Winnipeg Press). Dr. Anthony Hlynka, the prescribing doctor, was also reported to have prescribed Percocet, paying little regard to the dangers of this substance and OxyContin.

Following the Trail of Money

The continued legality of OxyContin is a cause for major concern.  You can find many websites that detail the drug and tell you how to get a prescription …

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New Articles Highlight the Deadly Rise of OxyContin in NorCal

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We just were scanning the news for the latest on the OxyContin epidemic in the United States and we saw two separate articles that:

  • have very similar story lines
  • were published almost simultaneously(one day apart)
  • occur in Northern California
  • focus on the misconception that “legal” drugs are not deadly

OxyContin: a Silent Growing Problem Among Youths

This story,  from the Contra Costa Times, shows a tragic tale of a young man who took an overdose of OxyContin while on campus at Arizona State University.

In Northern California, middle and upper class neighborhoods are particularly prone to OxyContin and other prescription drug addiction because “access to medical care may be greater, and acceptance of hard street drugs lower.”

Teens, Young Adults Abuse OxyContin in Northern California

This story also focuses on the “generation of kids that said ‘no’ to marijuana and …

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Purdue Pharma Guilty Parties: Where Are They Now

A great article in Oregon’s Salem News online resource points out some of the latest about Purdue Pharma’s guilty former top execs. This article, written by Marianne Skolek, is a good look at the reality of corporate white collar criminals and their lack of accountability for the lives they have ruined.

The article reminds us that these men were the subject of a criminal investigation regarding their involvement in developing and unleashing the most deadly narcotic painkiller every legally sold in the United States: OxyContin.

Howard Udell

Howard Udell supposedly has “retired as a Purdue Pharma employee” but he does work as a Consultant for Purdue “on certain matters.”  His email address is [email protected] and his office sits in Purdue Pharma’s building.

Dr. Paul D. Goldenheim

Dr. Paul D. Goldenheim is now on the board of NeuroPhage board of directors.  …

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Surprising Ally in OxyContin Struggle: Eminem

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Eminem recently told Vibe magazine that some of the deaths that we have witnessed in recent months and years are due to irresponsible doctors prescribing drugs to celebrity patients.

Here at StopOxy we know that Eminem has a dubious history of singing about drugs in a glorified way but his latest statements make us believe he might be able to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs.

We have recently  seen Michael Jackson’s death as an overdose of sleeping pills (and he was a documented addict of drugs like Vicodin and Xanax). And more recently Brittany Murphy’s (Eminem’s co-star in 8 Mile) sudden death was officially listed as pneumonia but she had been using drugs like Vicodin and Klonopin.  Of course, Anna Nicole Smiths overdose a few years back still dominates tabloid news.

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Treatment Admissions for Painkillers is Up 400%

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Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment for Prescription Painkillers Increases 400%

An increase in the misuse of prescription painkillers has led to a dramatic increase in the number of admissions for substance abuse treatment due to abuse of the drugs.

The proportion of all substance abuse treatment admissions involving abuse of prescription painkillers increased by more than 400 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Admissions to a substance abuse treatment facility increased from 2.2 percent in 1998 to 9.8 percent in 2008, according to SAMHSA. Increases in admissions associated with abuse of painkillers were found among all segments of the population, regardless of gender, age, race, educational level and employment status. The study determined the following about admissions due to prescription painkiller abuse:

  • Men: The proportion of admissions to treatment
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