Manitoba sees spike in Oxy abuse

The OxyContin addiction problem has become so widespread in Canada’s Manitoba province that treatment programs are being overrun with patients seeking treatment, the Winnipeg Sun reports. Eighty percent of 140 people on the waiting list of one treatment center’s methadone intervention and needle exchange program, which treats opiate addicts, are hooked on Oxy, the paper reports. Many of the addicts are described as young people who come from intact families in the suburbs, the paper says.

More coverage of Canada’s growing Oxy problem can be found here.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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