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

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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 …

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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

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Opioids – 5 to 10 Percent Will become Addicted

Opioids are a class of pain relieving drugs that include oxycodone (e.g., OxyNEO, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza), hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), codeine, and some other related drugs. These highly effective painkillers have many useful applications, from relieving post-operative surgery pain to relieving the pain associated with cancer. They are also useful for stopping pain from dental procedures, certain chronic pain conditions, and moderate to severe pain from traumatic injuries.

Opioids can be safe when used as directed, but many people become dependent on them. They wrongfully assume that since these drugs are approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and available to the public through a prescription, that they are not harmful. However, according to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at the National Institute of Health, approximately 5 to 10 percent of individuals who …

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CVS Blacklisting Some Irresponsible doctors in Florida

In an interesting development, CVS is taking action against doctors that irresponsibly prescribe narcotic painkillers.  The company has sent letters to a collection of Florida doctors indicating that it will no longer fill prescriptions for drugs like OxyContin.

CVS is probably taking their actions for a variety of reasons.  Not the least of these reasons is that there has been a rash of pharmacy robberies and slayings.

We applaud this policy and think that it is going to send a message to unethical doctors as well as raise awareness

Regulation Coming From the Wrong Direction

There has already been a legal backlash to CVS’ decree as one Florida physician has filed suit. The reason that this chain of events is going to turn into an expensive court battle is because CVS is trying to implement policy and regulation which is …

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