I wanted to address Oxycondone for a reason. My hometown and surrounding areas have many adults addicted to Percocet or Oxycontin. They are now prescribing medical marijuana in hopes to get them all off the highly addictive prescriptions of pain killers. I believe that most are coming from the streets rather than prescribed, how ever.

It has become a very expensive street drug. After doing some more research (see below), I discovered that Oxycodone abuse has been a continuing problem in the US since early 1960’s. Why has it been allowed to escalate for 50 years with even more deaths, addictions, crime and prescription abuse? Is it all about the money because I don’t understand how it could take so long to address one drug issue?

Short acting Oxycodone 2.5 to 5 mg

Endocet

Oxycocet

Percodan

Gerneric

Endodan

Newest short acting of 5, 10 & 20 mg

Supeudol®

Oxy IR®

Long acting introduced in 10 to 80 mg tabs

OxyContin® which is often referred as ” Hillbilly Heroin”

Oxycodan

Here are some facts from Health Canada:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/pubs/precurs/oxycodone/fs-fi/index-eng.php

Health Canada is aware of increasing concerns about the possible misuse and abuse of oxycodone-based products in Canada, particularly in Atlantic Canada.

Health Canada has met with key Atlantic stakeholders including the provincial ministries of Health and licensing authorities for pharmacists and physicians to discuss their concerns about the prescribing and usage of controlled substances, especially oxycodone. As a result of the consultations, Health Canada undertook a review of all sales transactions of oxycodone-based products in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. To date, only estimates regarding the volume of prescriptions and transactions of oxycodone-based products in Atlantic Canada were available. Please note that one prescription can generate a number of transactions.

Health Canada admits there is a problem. I did further research with the US Department of Justice Office of Diverse Control

Drugs and Chemicals of Concern


OXYCODONE

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/oxycodone/oxycodone.htm

Acute overdose of oxycodone can produce severe respiratory depression, skeletal muscle flaccidity, cold and clammy skin, reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, coma, respiratory arrest, and death.

Illicit Uses:

Oxycodone abuse has been a continuing problem in the U.S. since the early 1960s. Oxycodone is abused for its euphoric effects. It is equipotent to morphine in relieving abstinence symptoms from chronic opiate (heroin, morphine) administration.

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/oxycodone/summary.htm

Illicit Distribution:

Main sources of oxycodone on the street:

  • forged prescriptions
  • professional diversion through unscrupulous pharmacists, doctors, and dentists
  • “doctor-shopping”
  • armed robberies, and night break-ins of pharmacies and nursing homes.

The diversion and abuse of OxyContin® has become a major public health problem in recent years.

  • In 2008, 13.8 million people aged 12 or older used oxycodone (4.8 million used OxyContin®) for nonmedical use at least once during their lifetime (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2008).
  • The American Poison Control Centers reported 15,069 cases mentions and 7,528 single exposures, involving 13 deaths, related to oxycodone in 2007.
  • According to reports from DEA field offices, oxycodone products sell at an average price of $1 per milligram, the 40 mg OxyContin® tablet being the most popular.
  • According to the National Forensic Laboratory Information System, federal law enforcement seizures increased 116% from 508 items/exhibits in 2004 to 1,096 items/exhibits in 2008.
  • Seizures of oxycodone submitted to state and local laboratories increased 124% from 14,990 items/exhibits in 2004 to 33,612 items/exhibits in 2008.
  • From January through June 2009, federal law enforcement officers seized 678 items/exhibits identified as oxycodone and 19,343 oxycodone items/exhibits were submitted to state and local laboratories.

Comments and additional information are welcomed by the Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section; Fax 202-353-1263, telephone 202-307-7183, and Email ODE@usdoj.gov.

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/oxycodone/summary.htm

OxyContin® was introduced by Purdue Pharma in 1995.

  • Currently approved in 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160 milligram strengths.
  • From the first full year of sales in 1996, the number of OxyContin® prescriptions has risen 18 fold, to approximately 5.8 million prescriptions in 2000.
  • DEA has initiated meetings with the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, which has been the catalyst for the establishment of state prescription monitoring programs. Such programs provide a better mechanism to gather and evaluate prescription data, which is essential in responding to newly developing trends in prescription drug abuse. Existing data sources (IMS, Inc.) indicate that the five states with the lowest number of per capita OxyContin® prescriptions all have long standing prescription monitoring programs in place. These five states, beginning with the fewest per capita prescriptions for OxyContin® are California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and New Mexico. The majority of states reporting significant abuse and diversion issues are those without such programs. DEA has embarked on a number of programs to collect and monitor prescription data for controlled substances.

That was in 2000 and it is now 2011, have such programs been put into place since then?

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/cngrtest/ct082801.htm

Drug free organization for kids:

http://www.drugfree.org/

You should have a quick look at:

DEA Most Wanted Fugitives

http://www.justice.gov/dea/fugitives/fuglist.htm

I live in Canada so I thought this had nothing much to do with me until I clicked on a girl who looked like someone I had seen. To my surprise she was last seen in Ontario so I very well could have seen her, but I have no idea where or when?

I think we should perhaps have the most wanted fugitives linked in with all hospitals, pharmacies and Dr’s offices as they will most likely need help through those sources or be looking for prescriptions for pain killers. So like the butterfly effect, everything has something to do with everything. We all need to be together on saving our planet and our people!

Oxycodone addiction blamed for rise

in pharmacy heists

Drugstore robberies up sharply, police say

By Conal Pierse, Edmonton Journal March 30, 2011

Pharmacy robberies are on the rise in Edmonton and oxycodone is to blame, police said Tuesday.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Oxycodone+addiction+blamed+rise+pharmacy+heists/4526606/story.html

Is there any difference really whether it is street drugs or prescription drugs? To me, Doctors are no more than legal drug dealers. Humans seem to have a problem with addiction period. Whether it be with drugs, collecting, over consumption of food, alcohol, sex or video games, we just can’t get enough can we?

Brazil joins Bolivia anti-drug fight

Brazil has signed an agreement with Bolivia to tackle cocaine production and trafficking in the country.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12916154

 

 

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