College student decries Oxy abuse at Chico State

A Chico State University student has written a compelling editorial on the OxyContin abuse epidemic at the school after his friend died of an Oxy overdose. He notes that Oxy “was created to help patients incapacitated by pain to live somewhat normal lives, not to get people high,” but says “the latter seems to be the more common application of OxyContin.” He goes on to ask, “how can the pharmaceutical companies defend the production of OxyContin when we already have a wide selection of alternatives?…Until this dangerous status quo is realized and the reins are brought in on prescription painkillers, we’ll continue to hear stories like my friend’s.”

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