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Big Pharma driving kids to heroin

(NaturalNews) Prescription drug abuse is a pandemic problem in the United States today, with more than five million Americans now addicted to painkiller drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone), the infamous opioid pill that alters brain and nervous system function. But according to a recent survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), OxyContin and other prescription pain medications are pushing more and more abusers, many of whom are children, to switch to deadly street drugs like heroin.

It should no longer be any kind of secret that OxyContin has been, and continues to be, a popular drug of choice for drug abusers seeking an easy "high." In many areas, OxyContin prescriptions resold on the black market can fetch upwards of $80 a pill, or a whopping $8,000 for a single, 100-pill bottle. (http://money.cnn.com)

At least this is how much OxyContin used to sell for before its manufacturer, Purdue Pharma LP, released a slow release, "tamper proof" version of OxyContin that could not be crushed, split, ground, or dissolved in water. The black market for OxyContin has been slowly drying up since this manufacturing change, which many have since applauded as a successful intervention in curbing prescription drug abuse and addiction.

The only problem is that drug abusers have simply switched over to street heroin, which is cheaper and easier to access than OxyContin. Put another way, drug companies successfully roped millions of people into drug addiction via pain pills, only to later withdraw those pills, forcing many of those millions to make the switch to street drugs.

According to the NEJM study, which was conducted by researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and Nova Southeastern University in Coral Gables, Florida, since Purdue replaced its original OxyContin formula with the tamper proof variety, abuse of the drug dropped by roughly 36 percent. But many of those who quit OxyContin simply switched over to heroin, as rates of heroin use around the same time doubled.

"We're now seeing reports from across the country of large quantities of heroin appearing in rural and suburban areas," said Theodore J. Cicero, Vice Chair of Research at Washington University's Department of Psychiatry. "Unable to use OxyContin easily, which was a very popular drug in rural and suburban areas, drug abusers who prefer snorting or IV drug administration now have shifted to more potent opioids if they can find them, or to heroin."

Sources for this article include:

http://articles.latimes.com

http://healthland.time.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.everydayhealth.com

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Added: Aug-13-2012 Occurred On: Aug-13-2012
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  • stick with weed fools

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  • If "big pharma" was this all-powerful entity, the requirement for prescriptions would have been abolished years ago. Heroin (called diamorphine when used in medicine), cocaine, benzo and anything else you can think of would be available over-the-counter in pharmaceutical grade, high quality form.

    Why would all-powerful "big pharma" allow their products to be withheld from eager users due to the need for a prescription? Smells like a conspiracy theory.


    That being said, I' More..

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  • This drugs use on Long Island has skyrocketed in recent years and heroin has made a huge comeback on Long Island as well. Already know two guys I use to go to high school with that died in the last year.

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  • OxyContin is Rush Limbaugh approved!

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  • Big pharma, big oil, climate change, the fucking Boogey man.
    What a load of shit.
    These people are making the choice to do opiate's for Christ's sake, they're not being forced by big pharma.
    It's always somebody's fault with the Leftard's.
    Anyone but the person or people that are fucking up.

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    • @Dave556 Really? Becuase im pretty sure its republitards who want to keep drug prohibition in place.
      Libertarians are the ones who say its your own fault for being a junky or alcoholic.

      Learn to think instead of just saying "its the libtards fault". It makes you sound buck toothed.

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  • Just like prohibition dude, take the drugs away and the junkies will still get them and the people who need them won't be able to get them.

    You're a big fan of gun control too, yea? Make sure the police and the criminals are the only ones with guns so citizens can be preyed upon.

    Try blaming the weak person who chooses to be an addict - it's not a fuckin disease, MS is a disease, ALS is a disease - being an addict is a life style choice that pulls the weak in and keeps them there.

    Or blame th More..

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  • People are so hypocritical. Against pharma, but pop pills for a high.
    Thank god Europe isnt a pill head infested apathetic disaster.
    We have pills here too, but you dont see people abusing them left and right.

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  • Pharmaceutical companies can't give kids drugs. Their parents or legal guardians are the only ones who can.

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  • 5x the people die from pain meds than heroin and cocaine combined.fact

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    • @stogie69 --10,000x more people use pain meds than heroin. Are you really trying to say cocaine and heroin are five times safer than pain meds?

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    • @stogie69

      What's your point?

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    • @Bthor420 im saying the real drug pushers are the pharmacutical companys

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    • @stogie69

      Yea, youre right. They can prescribe Oxys or dilaudid (both of which r herion more less) but yet we can't smoke a fucking bowl without getting into trouble.....there is something seriously wrong here. Who this fuck is anyone to tell someone who is on their death bed that you can't do something that will make you more comfortable (weed, or whatever drug that may be). They want you to get hooked on their shit, so they can profit from americas crazy drug lust.

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  • Pharmaceuticals are the gateway drug.

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  • exactly - mayb it's one of the reasons why we have so many young potheads and pill poppers in our suburbs, their numbers are absolutely out of control!
    Stresses of the capitalistic society are also to blame and the lack of coping skills too.

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    • @copilot1111111 true, me and another friend of mine are the only 2 people out of my group of friends that dont take xanax or vicodin. i cant stand it. ive lost too many friends to pills

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  • This is 100% true in southern Wisconsin! At least one or two times a week people are dieing from the shit....as young as 12.....they have declared it an"epidemic" and have actual herion task forces here now....it's fucking bad. And the robberies, assaults, burglaries, home invasions, etc. have skyrocketed here.

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  • good article, but im not sure if everyone will switch to heroin. maybe some would go for hydrocodone or dilaudid, some might even switch to kratom.

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    • @maxwellthebest

      It's not much of a choice. When you're addicted and sick, and all thats around is dope, that's what they do. Dilaudid is hard to find, plus it has to be shot to really do anything, the new potent dope is so good you can sniff it and get just as fucked up.

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    • @Bthor420 ya ur right about dilaudid, but im sure some people would just switch to hydrocodone due to the stigma of shooting up.

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    • @maxwellthebest

      That's the thing, if the dope is good enough, you don't even have to shoot it anymore. You can just sniff it or smoke it. I have watched it happen to all my old friends I grew up. Everyone went to from pills, to either the methadone clinic, or they are on dope now. I had 3 friends die in the last 30 days over the shit. It's crazy how many people are on it where I'm from. Kids as young 12 dropping dead from the shit isn't uncommon here......



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    • @Bthor420 haha right on. im going to change my av soon as i havent done bars in a year or so. all i do is kratom

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  • The usa is the largest cultivator of heroin. Makes sense to give kids the weak stuff first to not draw public scrutiny.

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  • We live in a generation where no one can take blame for their actions. It's always someone elses fault.

    In todays world it's always someone elses fault. This is the same thing as smokers suing tobacco companies for getting caner or alcholics calling their addiction a disease. It's your own fault learn to deal and over come it not blame others because you can't fucking admit you're the problem.

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    • @10fold Yes, and 30 years ago the medical community put gays in insane asylums. The doctors you trust are so full of shit. I bet you it gets taken off of the disease list within 10 years or less.

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    • @10fold Yes, there is a list. So stop talking out your ass.

      Look I can post a wiki link too.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_infectious_diseases

      Anyway call it what you want, but it is not a disease. It is not contagious and unlike herpes or aids there is a cure. Its called moderation.

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