N.Y. in throes of Oxy addiction crisis

The number of prescriptions for oxycodone – the active ingredient in OxyContin – in New York City has doubled over the past three years, with one in every eight people per capita addicted to the highly potent painkiller, according to this article in New York Magazine. The phenomenon is largely being driven by skyrocketing Oxy addiction in Staten Island, where nearly 30% of residents have prescriptions, the article says. NYC’s special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget Brennan, called Oxy “pure opium.”

Read more about Oxy addiction in New York 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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