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.