On the Dangers of Teen OxyNEO Abuse

Teen prescription drug use is a disturbing trend that has drifted beyond the boundaries of parental control and government order. A compelling documentary has been released called "Behind the Orange Curtain," which chronicles the prescription drug abuse of residents of Orange County’s wealthy neighborhoods. The prestigious community has been bombarded with incidences of teenagers overdosingon a variety of prescription pills in pursuit of drug- induced pleasure. One of the most popular preferences for teenage drug abuse is the infamous OxyContin tablet. Medically distributed as a highly potent pain reducer, OxyContin offers an expensive high for thrill seekers and is extremely addictive. One may experience a number of side effects from using the drug, but deadly results can occur when it is consumed with alcohol. This often causes a serious problem for young adults who often combine prescription drugs with liquor at parties. According to recent reports, OxyContin frequently leads individuals to seek harsher drugs, specifically heroin. Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the drug OxyContin, even redesigned the drug and…

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Prescription for Death – The Transition from Oxy to Heroin

The leading cause of accidental death in the United States is prescription drug abuse. Prescription drugs are responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Painkillers like OxyNEO which contains oxycodone, are actually derived from the opium poppy. They are just as addictive as their heroin. People that would never dream of doing heroin, are okay with taking a pill - especially one that comes from a doctor. That's one of the reasons so many have become addicted to opioids in the past decade. They seem harmless in the beginning. OxyNEO is meant to be a continuous release drug, and has some very sophisticated ingredients which make it difficult to abuse (by crushing up to snort or inject). OxyNEO's predecessor OxyContin was commonly crushed up to facilitate getting a massive dose of the narcotic painkiller immediately. Crushing up OxyContin would break the binding agent, allowing them to get the full dose of the drug. You could snort it, eat…

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More Info on PDM or Prescription Drug Misuse

Prescription medication misuse –accurately called “misuse” or PDM – by adolescents, early adults and mature adults is a mounting issue in California and the country. Prescription medications that are misused or taken for non-medical motives may change brain activity and cause addiction. Of course, OxyNEO is a frequently misused medication but there are many others that fall into the following categories: - opioids (regularly given to relieve discomfort) - central nervous system depressants (regularly given to relieve anxiety and sleep conditions) - stimulants (given to relieve narcolepsy, ADHD, and obesity). Continuing usage of opioids may lead to physical need and dependence. Used in excessive quantities, stimulants may lead to habitual usage, paranoia, fatally elevated body fevers, and irregular heartbeat. In 2006, 16.2 million Americans had used a prescription tranquilizer, pain reliever, sedative, or stimulant for non-medical reasons at minimum on one occasion in the year previous to being assessed. And this is a number that has grown exponentially in the ensuing years (we are waiting fornew data). Prescription Drug…

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Prescription Painkiller Abuse on the Rise

The use of prescription drugs is on the rise and according to recent surveys the use of medical painkillers has increased by up to 75 percent from 2002-2010. Two of the most popular drugs are Oxycontin and Vicodin and in 2009, more than 15,500 people overdosed on these types of pills. The trend continues in an upward direction and all signs point to them ruining the lives of countless people. Use and abuse of these prescription painkillers generally starts out as an innocent way. Often, these pills are initially used in order to ease the pain from medical operations and other pain related diseases, including cancer. There is no doubt that painkillers work and can be used effectively with the best of medical intentions. However as with all good intentions, there can be negative results. The Descent into Prescription Drug Addiction When people realize that these painkillers work well at temporarily decreasing physical pain (as well as emotional pain), they may begin to turn to them when the pain…

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OxyNEO News and Updates – The Word on the Street

We're watching the ticker for news about OxyNEO and a few recurring themes are popping up. 1. OxyContin Users are Not Happy With OxyNEO The slow release and apparent stomach irritating formulation of oxycodone known as OxyNEO is apparently not "sitting well" with those who are used to the effects of OxyContin. We've been monitoring forums where users are frequently searching for alternatives to OxyNEO (some alternatives that have been mentioned are OxyIR and Fentanyl). 2. Alternative Drugs are Being Sought out Of course, the black market is where a lot of the opiate trade goes down and apparently in Canada the popularity of Fentanyl is off the charts as OxyNEO (the "tamper proof" replacement for OxyContin) is not a preferred "high." 3. Heroin is Filling the OxyContin Void As always, we expect an increase in heroin use and abuse as it gives the same sensation as oxycodone drugs. Presumably there will also be an increase in fatal and non-fatal heroin overdoses. According to an article in the Brandfort-Brant…

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Florida Pain Clinics = Easy Access to Prescription Drugs

The drug addiction epidemic in America has a much different face than the one it wore in the 70s, 80s, and 90s when meth, cocaine, crack, and heroin destroyed many families. These days, when someone says “drug problem”, before you picture the illicit street drugs, keep in mind the quickest rise in drug abuse and addiction is now coming from what may already be in your home: prescription drugs. Getting the Prescription Drugs = A Full Time Job Addicts gain access to opiate based drugs by any means necessary. Users will get them off the street from drug dealers, or even steal them from their own family member's medicine cabinets.  But one of the most popular new ways to get access to prescription drugs is often perfectly legal. In Florida and some other states, prescription drug abuse is being fostered right inside medical clinics. Addicts have found that the lax regulations allow them access to legal prescriptions for painkillers, and hop from clinic to clinic to get their high.…

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Prescription Drug abuse and the Elderly

Whether or not they were flower children of the 60's or beatniks of the 1950's, a huge number of baby boomers who have achieved their retirement dreams.   However, a growing number of these senior citizens are practicing alcoholics and drug addicts.   Many of them lived through a drug exploration period in the 60’s, but the common addiction now in their senior years is to prescription drugs.   According to the Data Spotlight (January 12, 2012 edition), the number of seniors age 50 or more needing treatment for addiction is expected to double by the year 2020. The Burden Felt By Children Unfortunately, the children of these aging baby boomers may not be aware Mom or Dad have a prescription drug problem.   Most children are aware when their parents have a history (whether it be current or in the past) of alcoholism, but most are blindly unaware that their father or mother are becoming addicted to hydrocodone (the active ingredient in Vicodin).  Often, it is not until the children start to…

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Doctors Under Scrutiny for Overprescribing

In an example of how the authorities are beginning to investigate (and prosecute) physicians who overprescribe medications, Doctor Hsui-Ying Tseng in Rowland Heights, California was recently charged with murder for the deaths of three young men that overdosed on prescription medications. One of her patients, Jospeh "Joey" Rovero, died from overdose only nine days after his first visit with Dr. Tseng. The autopsy report concluded that Joey had acute intoxication of Xanax and OxyContin. The combination of these drugs and alcohol made for a deadly cocktail. According to records, Joey told Dr. Tseng that he was having pain and anxiety in his back, wrist, and hand. She gave him a partial examination and did not notate the hand that was in pain in his medical chart. The Osteopathic Medical Board has noted many of Dr. Tseng's (nicknamed "Dr. Feelgood")missing steps in this medical case. The first worth mentioning, is that she failed to take a full patient history of the specific pain. Second, she did not notate any previous…

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California at Risk of Losing Narcotic Painkiller Monitoring System

In 2009, California Governor Jerry Brown announced a statewide database system designed to curb the illegal sale and distribution of prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. More than 40 states now have similar systems in place, but according to a recent article in The New York Times, California's system seems destined to fail. The purpose of a drug monitoring database like CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) is to allow pharmacists to look up the prescription histories of customers and refuse to fill prescriptions for individuals who appear to be abusing drugs. The database can also be used by physicians to determine if a patient has visited other doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions. According to The New York Times, one of the fundamental problems with CURES is that enrollment in the system is optional. The Medical Board of California reports that there are more than 100,000 licensed doctors in the state, but only 8,000 physicians and pharmacists combined have enrolled in the system. Another challenge to CURES…

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Drug Summit Focuses on Unabusable Prescription Pills

Many of the nation's leaders met last week in Orlando to strategize on new ways to combat the nation's prescription drug epidemic. At the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, government agencies and health care providers discussed strategies to curtail drug abuse and addiction. Part of the focus of the summit was on how scientists can reformulate the most abuse drugs to render them "unabusable." Keynote speaker Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, called on pharmaceutical companies to continue to work on ways to deter drug abusers from tampering with prescription pills. The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit was organized by Operation UNITE, a Kentucky anti-drug group. Conference organizers hope to foster more cooperation between various agencies that are dealing with the nation's prescription drug epidemic. Conference topics include education, prevention, treatment and law enforcement. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has described Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee "ground zero" for the America's prescription drug problem. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has…

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