Oxycontin: Hillbilly Heroin Hits Cambridge

By  | March 10, 2012 | 7 Comments | Filed under: Local News

The Introduction of a three part story about OxyContin use in Cambridge.

Cambridge may have a growing drug problem on the streets, as well as in the pharmacies.

When a medical drug is used for a task other than its intended purpose, it can cause a chain reaction of abuse which affects more than just the addicts.

OxyContin is a drug that is growing in popularity across the globe. The drug, which is prescribed as a pain killer, contains Oxycodone and is highly addictive.

If taken properly (orally, by a person who has a prescription) it is an affective form of pain relief; however, the drug has taken to the streets and is being crushed, snorted and injected by abusers. By doing this, it gives the indulger a quick head rush.

The old saying of , “every reaction has an equal or greater reaction,” is valid when investigating the illegal use of the drug. Because it has taken to the streets and is being abused, pharmacists have to be more cautious when prescribing the drug to a person who medically needs it. They must be cautious when deciphering the sick and injured from the dealers who no longer need the drug, but are looking to make a profit. This can cause grief for the individuals who rely on it for medical purposes because it is now harder for them to obtain access to the free medical treatment they’re entitled to receive in Canada.

Jeff Baxter, who started taking OxyContin after injuring his ankle 11 years ago, said the government and the physicians need to find a way to monitor the patients use of the drug so the people who need it for medical reasons can receive better care.

The access to OxyContin on the streets of Cambridge meets par with that of marijuana. The drug comes in two different Oxycodone quantities – 40 mg and 80 mg. A single tablet of the 40 mg drug is sold illegally for approximately $25, while the 80 mg can reach up to $50. The combination of expense and addictiveness can lead to theft, which local pharmacy’s have endured over the past few years.

As the circle of crime and desperation continues to revolve around the drug, controversy arises about its accessibility. Some who medically need the drug may find it too hard to obtain, while it may be too available on the streets.



7 Responses to Oxycontin: Hillbilly Heroin Hits Cambridge

  1. malcolm March 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I understood the government delisted it and changed it to OxyNeo harder to crush and snort, Patients who currently receive OxyContin under the Ontario Drug Benefit program will continue to get the drug for one month. After April 2, these patients will receive coverage for OxyNEO for an additional year. Beyond that time, they will need approval by the Exceptional Access Program.

    Good article looking to next post.

    Read more: http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=177368#ixzz1ol71recw.

  2. Scot Ferguson-Barber March 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    They have already figured out how to make the Oxyneo “snortable.”

  3. Tim Kitchen March 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

    This bothered me the first time I read Jake’s excellent article in print.
    “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction” is Newton’s third law of motion, not an “old saying”.

    “every reaction has an equal or greater reaction” seems to be a cross between Newton’s third law of motion and Walmart’s low price guarantee.

  4. Joe Lethbridge March 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Jake -Amazing story and writing. Always look forward to what you have to write about. I am working on a story also which identifies some of the reasons(so many) why people use and abuse OxyContin and others

  5. Daniel Durocher March 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Being that the narcotic in question is an opiate, we should not be surprised by its addictive nature. Further more, it is a synthetic, there are certainly more effective and safer medications to relieve pain.
    Drug dealers, underworld figures, always prey on the governments apprehension to properly distribute the demand for any product deemed not suitable for public consumption.
    This has led to untamed income and increases in the availability of the black market.
    The problems of the weakest citizen is always the resulted failure of government to properly protect its peopl

  6. Joe Lethbridge March 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I tend to agree with Daniel. If it were not OxyContin it would likely be something else and will likely be. I think there should be more focus on natural remedies (but then would drug companies rake in the big bucks?!)

  7. Terry June 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Pity withdrawal is global pains with assorted aches and musckelto discomfort which a pain treatments purpose.

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