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Oxycontin Heroin And Methadone

Heroin is derived from morphine. A gateway drugs usually used to mean marijuana. Prescription painkillers are addictive and are usually synthetic opiates. Now prescription drugs have become gateway drugs.

Oxycontin is an extremely addictive painkiller and honestly why is it still on the market? It used to be crushed and inhaled by people trying to get high and has been re-issued in a gel form so it can't be used that way.

Individuals put on oxycontin by their physicians commonly have areal problem getting off the drug. They may hoard pills at home and refill presciptions in order to stay on it longer.

The trouble is, oxycontin is way more expensive than heroin on the street. One pill may sell for $80.00. So those addicts move on to heroin.

I recently talked to a local detective who asked me if I'd seen the movie “American Addict” (more at http://americanaddictthemovie.com/ ).

He said he'd never dreamed a day would come when the street drugs weren't the main problem.

But just like con men and human traffickers can spot a mark a block away – so can drug dealers. They work the ghettoes, the Hollywood parties...well, anybody's parties.

Why not acupuncture for pain instead of drugs? Or meditation? Omega 3 oils decrease pain as well.

But there is no billion dollar revenue in those. A doctor's oathis "first to do no harm". How do they reconcile that with the use of many of the drugs they prescribe.

A scandal was exposed here: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2017994882_pulitzer17m.html where Methadone (a synthetic heroin) use for people on disability became common because...it's cheaper than other painkillers! And totally addictive!

Methadone has unique risks. “While Medicaid recipients make up about 8 percent of Washington's adult population, they account for 48 percent of the methadone deaths.” 48%!

Tip of the iceberg?

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celticeagle wrote on January 6, 2015, 12:35 PM

It is scary. I had two friends that lived right here by me both die from OD's on those pills. Very sad and so easy to have happen.

seren3 wrote on January 6, 2015, 12:36 PM

An elderly lady I knew got addicted to them. The docs put her in rehab and kept giving her blood transfusions and she died during one. Awful.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 6, 2015, 1:40 PM

It is very sad that doctors have not recognized that they are part of the problem by over prescribing pain killers that are overly addictive.

seren3 wrote on January 6, 2015, 2:24 PM

And what's terrible too is that they have strict guidelines and can get dumped by insurance companies as preferred providers if they don't follow along.

Suzzycue wrote on January 6, 2015, 3:04 PM

I did not know omega3 can deter pain. Thanks for that .The rest of this story is very sad but true. It is not taken off the market because there is too much money to be made. It does aid in extreme cases. I gave it to my friend whom was dying of cancer and was grateful she wasnt suffering to the end.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 6, 2015, 3:12 PM

A very tragic story as many are dying each from these drugs. Many families losing loved ones.

seren3 wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:21 PM

And that's a good application for such a drug. Some insurance won't pay for it but it seems most pay for morphine. I know Medicare does.

suzzy3 wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:47 PM

Drugs are so dangerous when not taken properly. Prescription drugs can be worse than anything.

BodieMor wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:22 PM

It's awful that people are addicted to Methadone. Here addicts are switched to Methadone to wean them off heroin. But perhaps addicts are better off on heroin which is apparently far less toxic to the body but doesn't benefit the drug companies. I watched a program about countries where heroin addicts are monitored and provided with doses of the drug to keep them from going too far and overdosing. Something like that. Then again, methadone users are less likely to "drop out" and remain able to function in their jobs. (I knew a high school teacher, once a heroin-addicted musician) much beloved by his students, who was on a daily dose of methadone for the last fifteen years of his life...)

BodieMor wrote on January 6, 2015, 5:34 PM

AND I recall that when our boys were in high-school, they knew and were concerned over friends who more-than-dabbled with Oxycontin, probably originally encountered in their parents' medicine cabinets... >_

trufflehunter wrote on January 6, 2015, 6:36 PM

It really is sad that people's lives are being compromised for money. It sounds far worse than perpetuating gmo and processed foods.

Renda wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:05 PM

I worked for a Methadone clinic for a while and one of the clients told me, "I come here to get it because it's cheaper than getting it on the streets". That was the day I started looking for a new job.

seren3 wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:28 PM

Many years ago Philip K. Dick would not go to rehab in the US. He was convinced they only wanted you to stay addicted to their drug of choice. Goodness, was he right?

MelissaE wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:37 PM

I've known folks addicted to these meds. I know first hand how addiction can hurt a family. Thanks for sharing this enlightening post.

Renda wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:54 PM

Very well could have been. Pharmaceutical companies are big business for a reason. Don't you agree?

msiduri wrote on January 7, 2015, 8:39 AM

And the ironic thing: Oxycontin was initially marketed as less addictive that than painkillers such as Percocet. Yep.