We have to ask – should OxyContin even be legal? The stories we hear and the carnage we see as we treat addiction to OxyContin begs the question about whether it should be prescribed to anyone for any reason.
There is a petition to ban OxyContin that is making the rounds, which has some good statements that should be alarming to people who are concerned about the incredibly deadly wave of prescription drug addiction that is affecting all sectors of our society.
Why OxyContin Should be Banned
OxyContin is molecularly almost identical and acts in the body in the same manner as heroin.
- OxyContin has become the substitute for heroin on our streets in America.
- Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and three executives of the company pled guilty to lying about the addictive qualities of OxyContin and paid a fine of $680 million.
The family who circulated this Petition to our facility has done so because they have lost a loved one to an overdose of prescription drugs. Their beloved son Josh had not used OxyContin until he was prescribed the drug for back pain after a surgery for herniated discs. Josh proceeded to become addicted to OxyContin and overdose multiple times until finally he died from a drug overdose two years after first being prescribed the drug.
OxyContin is More Sinister than other Painkillers
As long as there is surgery and pain medication there will probably always be problems with addiction that stems from the legitimate prescribing of painkillers by doctors. OxyContin however has such extremely addictive qualities that we can’t help but think that other pain medication would be more appropriate.
No other pain medication has had nearly as widespread or devastating an effect on our society as OxyContin has in recent years. We wrote up a review of A&E’s documentary “Heroin Hits Home” last month which was an alarming look at how OxyContin is a gateway drug to heroin. This television show showed how the number one cause of death of teens in the towns surrounding Brockton, Massachuessets was “opiate overdose” and how this trend can directly be tied to the prevalence and popularity of OxyContin which is used by young people in the area – regardless of their race or socioeconomic background.
Update: Tamper Proof OxyContin is on the Market
There is a new “tamper proof” OxyContin (that is called “P”) on the market and it clearly has a marked potential for abuse, as people are now gravitating to other drugs like fentanyl, opana, and Vicodin.