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Could Purdue Pharma Be Recruiting Children For Oxycontin Study?

Written by Eliza Player on Friday, 20 April 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Oxycontin, Prescription Drugs

Oxycontin For Children

According to, Purdue Pharma, makers of Oxycontin, are currently recruiting participants, ages 6-16, for clinical trials of Oxycontin for "moderate" to "severe" pain. Marianne even includes an ad, looking for participants.

In the information below Marianne's piece, it seems that Purdue Pharma is, in fact, recruiting children for Oxycontin studies. The children must already be taking opiates and be opiate tolerant. I think that if this medication is going to help children in severe pain, then it may be helpful, but I fear that approving this drug for children could lead to so many more problems, especially if doctors are prescribing it for moderate pain.

Introducing such a strong opiate to someone so young could have severe long-term effects, especially concerning addiction. Furthermore, approving Oxycontin for children could create a situation where addicted parents are using their children to doctor-shop. Although, it pains my heart to think about children in severe pain, I think the implications of this could be disastrous!

If you or someone you know is struggling with oxycontin addiction, please contact us.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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