Isn't this amazing? Taxpayer drug plans will pay for highly addictive, killer drugs. Then fund the methadone clinics to get the prescription addicts unhooked. Then the taxpayer will continue to pay for the "war on drugs" but not the ones dealt by big pharma. Cause this is one crazy world, upside down, sideways and black is white.
Study finds huge rise in oxycodone deaths
Deaths in Ontario from prescription narcotics have doubled in the last five years, fuelled in part by the addition of OxyContin to the province's public drug program, a new study suggests.
The addition of a long-acting form of oxycodone, called OxyContin, to the province's drug formulary in January 2000 corresponded with a five-fold increase in oxycodone-related deaths.
""We were quite surprised by the number of deaths that related to prescription opioids"
Of course, their surprised. Really? I don't believe that.
After Oxycodone was added to the provincial plan:
-Prescriptions for oxycodone rose by more than 850 per cent during the study period -- an increase that was much larger than for any other narcotic pain reliever.
-Deaths from any opioid increased by 41 per cent over the next five years.
In fact, deaths from prescription opioids far outnumbered those from heroin
More potent than morphine
The manufacturer of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, promoted it heavily when it was first introduced and that may be why the drug became so popular among physicians.
Two years ago, Purdue and three of its former executives, pleaded guilty to misleading the public about OxyContin's risk of addiction and less subject to abuse than other pain medications. In fact it is highly addictive and can be used by recreational drug users, who have dubbed it "hillbilly heroin."Wow, the drug company lied! I just can't believe it. (facetious)