Tag: oxycontin

Opioid Use is Rampant Opioid abuse has become an all-American epidemic, unique to our country and widespread enough to be called a public health outbreak. Abuse covers all ages, races, classes, and genders, however, the most typical victim is a non-Hispanic Caucasian male in his mid-30s. In emergency rooms, nurses are not surprised when new

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Artificially Produced Opioids A seemingly insane story started to sweep around the internet a couple of months ago. Scientists had, it goes, been able to synthesize opioids from yeast cultures. Think about that for one second – scientists in a lab had been able to artificially produce opioids. We’re not talking about scrapping opium poppies,

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OxyContin is Still Being Abused In 2009, at the height of the “OxyContin craze,” Perdue Pharma took a large step to combat prescription pill abuse. They came out with a reformulated, abuse-deterrent version of their blockbuster drug. Supporters of this new OxyContin were quick to label it “abuse-proof” and praise Perdue Pharma. While Perdue certainly

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The FDA Approved WHAT? In a bold and possibly rash move, the FDA approved a new “abuse-proof” form of a powerful opioid painkiller. On November 20th, the FDA gave the green light to Hysingla ER, an extended-release version of the popular opioid hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is the chemical name of the blockbuster drug Vicodin. Okay, so

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Written By: Fiona Stockard Oxycodone Addiction Facts and Statistics Oxycodone addiction is nothing new. The drug was first synthesized in 1916 and abused for its euphoric effects not long after. However, today we’re in the midst of an oxycodone abuse epidemic, the likes of which haven’t been seen before. Can we trust the media’s portray of

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Written By: Fiona Stockard Painkiller Addiction Facts and Statistics Painkiller addiction is nothing new. Ancient cultures all over the world used opium, both to treat pain and to catch a buzz. During the Civil War, morphine addiction was called the soldier’s disease, due to its prevalence among fighting troops. During the early 20th century, heroin was

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