Monthly Archives: April 2010

Mass. officials wary of ‘less abusable’ Oxy

Officials in Massachusetts, where OxyContin abuse has reached epidemic levels, are lashing out at Purdue Pharma’s revamped version of the drug, which the company has touted as less abusable, the Patriot Ledger reports.

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YouthSpeaksOut! explores kids’ Oxy use

YouthSpeaksOut!, a monthly show produced with high school students in California’s Mendocino County, recently had a broadcast on the topic of “Youth and Oxycontin.” Included in the broadcast are commentary from local law enforcement officials, counselors, and two community members who have been struggling to help family members addicted to Oxycontin.

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FDA OKs less-abusable Oxy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new formulation of controlled-release OxyContin that is intended to make the powerful painkiller harder to abuse. The new formulation will most likely result in less abuse by inhaling or injection, but can still be abused or misused by ingesting larger doses than are recommended, the agency said.

Purdue Pharma LP, OxyContin’s maker, admits that “there is no evidence that the reformulation of OxyContin is less subject to misuse, abuse, diversion, overdose or addiction.”

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Oxy second-most common drug in Ok. overdose deaths

Prescription drugs account for about 83 percent of drug deaths in Oklahoma, with oxycodone the second-most common cause of death, NewsOK reports. Says one source in the article, “OxyContin is the most horrible drug that we have in the United States…It’s like heroin in a pill form. Once people use it intravenously, that’s it.”

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