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Americans Are Progressively Becoming Addicted To Oxycontin

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Friday, 28 September 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Oxycontin, Prescription Drugs

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Oxycontin is an extraordinarily efficient painkiller which, perhaps, is the reason that it is equally addictive.

Yes, Oxycontin, often referred to as the “legal heroin”, is rapidly becoming the most prescribed drug in the United States of America.

In fact, within its category of painkillers, the substance has already reached the number spot, for the most prescribed painkiller, in the short time that it has been in existence.

The substance, Oxycontin that can only be acquired with a prescription, was first accessible to individuals with moderate to severe pain in 1995, and has since been found to be extremely addictive; it is similar to morphine and other incredibly addictive painkillers.

As a result, within the seventeen year span of its existence, the substance has become a significant issue for drug enforcement officials.

One of the main reasons that the substance is so addictive, is because it is a convenient time-release alternative to oxycodone, the opium derivative, otherwise known as “heroin”.

But, what is the responsibility of physicians, scientists, and even pharmacists, to insure that Oyxycontin is not overprescribed or overused?

What measures should these professionals take to preserve the moral fabric of our society, not to mention prevent or mitigate the rise of unintentional addicts?

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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