Hysteria about abuse of the synthetic opioid prescription painkiller OxyContin.
For example, Detective Roger Hall of the Harlan County Kentucky Sheriff's Department had the distinction of being quoted in two separate AP articles printed in scores of papers, despite the fact his claim that abusers "will kick a bag of cocaine aside to get to the Oxy" failed to make the absoluy fundamental distinction between nervous system depressants like OxyContin and stimulants like cocaine -- addicts of one are usually not addicted to the other. After the wave of Kentucky stories by the big boys, the major urban newspapers in the East and Midwest assigned reporters to look for indications of a rising tide of abuse in their own localities.
OxyContin is a semi-synthetic, opioid-class (narcotic) pain reliever formulated to release the drug oxycodone over a long period of time. When used as directed.
OxyContin is a semi-synthetic, opioid-class (narcotic) pain reliever formulated to release the drug oxycodone over a long period of time. When used as directed, OxyContin is effective and safe.
Oxycodone is an opioid-based prescription drug often used as a pain reliever to treat moderate to severe short-term and long-term pain, chronic pain, pain related to cancer and other debilitating and terminal conditions.
How can I take this medicine safely?
As well, chewing or breaking OxyContin pills can lead to overdose because too much of the drug is released all at once.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved limited use of the powerful and frequently abused painkiller OxyContin for children as young.
Because oxycodone and other opioids are extremely powerful and highly addictive, they're very tightly regulated — and very popular with addicts and pill pushers.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved limited use of the powerful and frequently abused painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11 years old, the agency announced Thursday.
Hertz said the FDA was putting strict limits on the use of OxyContin in children. Unlike adults, children must already have shown that they can handle the drug by tolerating a minimum dose equal to 20 milligrams of oxycodone for five consecutive days, she said.
The only other time-release opioid approved for children is the Duragesic patch, which releases fentanyl.
Purdue reformulated OxyContin five years ago to make it harder for patients to crush the pills for a fast high.
OxyContin is a long-release version of oxycodone, an opioid that acts on the brain like heroin and is intended for only the most severe and chronic pain cases.
"We are always concerned about the safety of our children, particularly when they are ill and require medications and when they are in pain," she said. "OxyContin is not intended to be the first opioid drug used in pediatric patients, but the data show that changing from another opioid drug to OxyContin is safe if done properly."
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Dr. Sharon Hertz, director of new anesthesia, analgesia and addiction products for the FDA, said studies by Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Connecticut, which manufactures the drug, "supported a new pediatric indication for OxyContin in patients 11 to 16 years old and provided prescribers with helpful information about the use of OxyContin in pediatric patients."
As the government cracked down on doctors and drug companies, Of this, the pain medication OxyContin was one of the most dramatic.