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Oxycodone (Painkillers) Facts

The Truth about Painkillers: these medicinal drugs trap tens of thousands seeking relief from pain and discomfort.

STREET NAMES

PAINKILLERS
Generic Name Brand Name Street Name
Oxycodone OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Roxiprin, Roxicet, Endodan, Endocet Oxy 80s, oxycotton, oxycet, hillbilly heroin, percs, perks
Hydrocodone Anexsia, Dicodid, Hycodan, Hycomine, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Tussionex, Vicodin pain killer, vikes, hydros
Propoxyphene Darvon pinks, footballs, pink footballs, yellow footballs, 65’s, Ns
Hydromorphone Dilaudid juice, dillies, drug street heroin
Meperidine Demerol demmies, pain killer

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Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller. It is the principal ingredient found in Oxycontin, Percocet and Percodan. It is a legal narcotic drug available by prescription to treat severe pain. In pill form it is a controlled-release medication. When the drug is abused, it is crushed and snorted, chewed or mixed with water and injected — eliminating the time-release factor and providing a quick and intense rush to the brain. As powerful as heroin, Oxycodone affects the nervous system the same way.

Short-term Effects:

Common side effects include constipation, nausea, sedation, dizziness, vomiting, headache, dry mouth, sweating and weakness.

Long-term Effects:

Chronic use can result in increased tolerance so that higher doses are taken to experience the initial effect. Over time, the drug becomes addictive, causing withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. These symptoms include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes and involuntary leg movements.

“At the age of 20, I became an addict to a narcotic,2 which began with a prescription following a surgery. In the weeks that followed [the operation] in addition to orally abusing the tablet, crushing it up enabled me to destroy the controlled release mechanism and to swallow or snort the drug. It can also be injected to produce a feeling identical to shooting heroin. The physical withdrawal from the drug is nothing short of agonizing pain.” —James

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  1. December 22, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Restrictions on Medicines Subject to Abuse Are Eased (Update1)
    JUST IN REPOST AND REPOST
    We Can Not Stand For This
    By Catherine Larkin

    Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — Patients on painkillers or attention-deficit medicines that can be abused will be able to get extended prescriptions without returning to the doctor under a new U.S. rule.
    Beginning today, the Drug Enforcement Administration is letting doctors prescribe as much as a 90-day supply of “schedule II” controlled substances, which include Cephalon Inc.’s painkiller Fentora and Shire Plc’s Adderall XR and Vyvanse for hyperactivity. Patients will get three prescriptions dated a month apart so they can’t be filled all at once.

    The change will make it easier to treat chronic conditions requiring daily medication. The DEA has previously allowed only one prescription a month for such drugs, even though doctors argued for years that those limits weren’t needed. Adult patients may be more likely to fill their prescriptions as often as recommended, analysts said.

    “It’s impossible to quantify what the lack of compliance is in this market, but we know that it’s certainly less than 100 percent, and this move by the DEA today should improve upon that,” said Corey Davis, a specialty pharmaceutical analyst at Natixis Bleichroeder in New York, in a phone interview. The move may be “marginally bad” for new products because doctors will have fewer opportunities to switch patients’ medicines.

    The DEA received 231 comments in favor of the rule after it was proposed in September 2006 and 33 in opposition. Ninety-day prescriptions aren’t mandatory, though support from doctors indicates that many may take advantage of the new policy.

    Pain Doctors
    “The agency’s final rule has been eagerly awaited by these concerned physicians who must provide legitimate pain control,” the American Academy of Pain Medicine said in a statement on Nov. 19. “The DEA has recognized the need for policies that support effective control of potentially abusable drugs that do not unnecessarily hinder the appropriate treatment of pain.”
    Several people who objected to the rule said it may increase the number of deaths from abuse of methadone, prescribed for moderate-to-severe pain and to prevent withdrawal symptoms in recovering drug addicts.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Catherine Larkin in Washington at clarkin4@bloomberg.net .

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aUoESvUeqPK0&refer=us

    http://www.HARMD.org
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  2. December 22, 2007 at 6:26 am

    WE CAN ALL BAND TOGETHER
    http://WWW.rememberjp.org

  3. Heather
    December 30, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    URGENT – The DEA reversed the 30 day rule for schedule II narcotics….people are now allowed to get a 90 day supply of the most deadly drugs on this planet…OxyContin, Methadone, Fentanyl, Ritalin..these are also the most commonly abused drugs. We cannott allow more of these dangerous drugs on the street.Please see the new petition at DEA’s Deadly Decision you can view a version of the press release HARMD has put out

    ***Please contact any anti drug abuse websites you know about and ask them to link out petition

    The DEA has done one good thing by restricting the use of the 40mg wafer to MMT clinics only. The 40mg wafer/diskette has NEVER been approved for pain management!!! The DEA has finally decided to enforce this law!!!

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  4. January 1, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    DEA’s Deadly Decision
    Written by Melissa Zuppardi
    Dec 28, 2007 — /prbuzz/ –DEA’s Deadly Decision
    As Prescription Drug Deaths Increase – DEA Reduces Restrictions on Schedule II Drugs

    On Wednesday December 19th 2007, the DEA announced physicians’ are now allowed to write a prescription for a 90 day supply of schedule II drugs. Schedule II drugs are controlled and classified as legal narcotic and stimulant drugs with high potential for dependence and abuse, but still having therapeutic value. Other drugs in this category include Cocaine, Methadone, Oxycontin, Morphine, Ritalin, and Fentanyl.

    In the wake of a prescription drug death epidemic in this country, the DEA has reversed the 30 day rule which was initially put in place to reduce the abuse of schedule II drugs. According to the CDC, the number of unintentional poisoning deaths increased from 12,186 in 1999 to 20,950 in 2004. The largest increases for prescription drug deaths were in the “other and unspecified” drug, psychotherapeutic drug, and “narcotic and hallucinogen” drug categories. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has stated that non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing public health problem in this country…an estimated 48 million people (ages 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetimes.

    Methadone, a schedule II narcotic drug contributed to 3,849 poisoning deaths in 2004, and other opioid (prescription) drugs attributed to 5,242 poisoning deaths. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) correlates the rise of Methadone related deaths to the increase of Methadone being used in the treatment of chronic pain; although there are no statistics to substantiate this at this time. Current statistics show that prescription drug deaths are killing more Americans than the illicit drugs. For the first time poisoning deaths have surpassed fire arm deaths and are second to motor vehicle deaths. Many of these deaths are caused by patients selling or giving their medications to others, as well as medical errors on the part of the physician.

    The DEA made this change as a result of lobbying groups, patients, and specifically mothers whose children are being treated with stimulant drugs for ADD/ADHD. What these mothers are not told and according to the DEA, childhood use of mind-altering drugs is a foremost contributing factor to later cocaine dependence and addiction. Perhaps if these mothers were aware of the easy access to these drugs and the implications this might have on our society, they would feel differently. The CDC reports among all age groups, the largest increase of prescription drug abuse occurred among persons aged 15–24 years (113.3%). Unfortunately, the push from big business and thoughts of convenience will undoubtedly result in more harm from ill-effects of these readily prescribed Schedule II medications, addiction and even death for young and old alike.

    Marti Hottenstein, HARMD Inc. (Helping America Reduce Methadone Deaths) Diversion Specialist asks “Why is the DEA allowing more drugs on the street before fixing the problem of prescription drug diversion, dependency and death. What is the DEA’s plan to prevent increased diversion and death as a result of this deadly decision?”

    Methadone and opioid drugs are killing our children and loved ones. James Pethel III (23), only child of Mary Haynes (HARMD Vice President) died from “acute methadone toxicity.” Mary recounts how Jamie was placed on many drugs as a child for ADHD.” I listened to professionals, going against my gut feeling and my son still died in the end, from someone else’s prescription.” Now Mary joins thousands of other families throughout the United States fighting for tougher prescription drug laws.

    Jessica Gerdes, (HARMD Treasurer) asks “How many more of our loved ones have to die as a consequence of ignorance and the deficient management of narcotic drugs before modifications are made to protect and preserve life? Where is the culpability”? Her ex-husband, Colin Gerdes, went to the hospital trusting and seeking treatment, and the medications that were prescribed to help him, killed him. There was no misuse or abuse…no intentional overdose…only a compliant patient following his doctor’s prescribing instructions. He died in his sleep approximately 6 hours after taking his doses of Methadone and Valium, exactly as they were prescribed. His parents had to watch their “baby” being carried out of their home encased in a zippered body bag. He was 33 years old.

    Another HARMD member who wishes to remain anonymous due to an ongoing investigation lost her daughter to Methadone prescribed by her Primary Care Physician for alleged Narcotic Withdrawal (from Percocets for back pain). This member states “according to FDA Rules and Regulations this was illegal for him to do. My daughter died three years ago on what would have been her eighth day of treatment. I am still waiting for justice, for the doctor to answer to his crime; a justice that I don’t think will ever come. Why put these rules and regulations in place if there not going to be upheld? Why is it OK for someone such as a physician to commit murder with prescription drugs, I just don’t understand it.”

    Please see the petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/DEADeadlyDecision Options
    http://www.HARMD.org

  5. January 1, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    DEA’s Deadly Decision
    Written by Melissa Zuppardi
    Dec 28, 2007 — /prbuzz/ –DEA’s Deadly Decision
    As Prescription Drug Deaths Increase – DEA Reduces Restrictions on Schedule II Drugs

    On Wednesday December 19th 2007, the DEA announced physicians’ are now allowed to write a prescription for a 90 day supply of schedule II drugs. Schedule II drugs are controlled and classified as legal narcotic and stimulant drugs with high potential for dependence and abuse, but still having therapeutic value. Other drugs in this category include Cocaine, Methadone, Oxycontin, Morphine, Ritalin, and Fentanyl.

    In the wake of a prescription drug death epidemic in this country, the DEA has reversed the 30 day rule which was initially put in place to reduce the abuse of schedule II drugs. According to the CDC, the number of unintentional poisoning deaths increased from 12,186 in 1999 to 20,950 in 2004. The largest increases for prescription drug deaths were in the “other and unspecified” drug, psychotherapeutic drug, and “narcotic and hallucinogen” drug categories. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has stated that non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing public health problem in this country…an estimated 48 million people (ages 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetimes.

    Methadone, a schedule II narcotic drug contributed to 3,849 poisoning deaths in 2004, and other opioid (prescription) drugs attributed to 5,242 poisoning deaths. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) correlates the rise of Methadone related deaths to the increase of Methadone being used in the treatment of chronic pain; although there are no statistics to substantiate this at this time. Current statistics show that prescription drug deaths are killing more Americans than the illicit drugs. For the first time poisoning deaths have surpassed fire arm deaths and are second to motor vehicle deaths. Many of these deaths are caused by patients selling or giving their medications to others, as well as medical errors on the part of the physician.

    The DEA made this change as a result of lobbying groups, patients, and specifically mothers whose children are being treated with stimulant drugs for ADD/ADHD. What these mothers are not told and according to the DEA, childhood use of mind-altering drugs is a foremost contributing factor to later cocaine dependence and addiction. Perhaps if these mothers were aware of the easy access to these drugs and the implications this might have on our society, they would feel differently. The CDC reports among all age groups, the largest increase of prescription drug abuse occurred among persons aged 15–24 years (113.3%). Unfortunately, the push from big business and thoughts of convenience will undoubtedly result in more harm from ill-effects of these readily prescribed Schedule II medications, addiction and even death for young and old alike.

    Marti Hottenstein, HARMD Inc. (Helping America Reduce Methadone Deaths) Diversion Specialist asks “Why is the DEA allowing more drugs on the street before fixing the problem of prescription drug diversion, dependency and death. What is the DEA’s plan to prevent increased diversion and death as a result of this deadly decision?”

    Methadone and opioid drugs are killing our children and loved ones. James Pethel III (23), only child of Mary Haynes (HARMD Vice President) died from “acute methadone toxicity.” Mary recounts how Jamie was placed on many drugs as a child for ADHD.” I listened to professionals, going against my gut feeling and my son still died in the end, from someone else’s prescription.” Now Mary joins thousands of other families throughout the United States fighting for tougher prescription drug laws.

    Jessica Gerdes, (HARMD Treasurer) asks “How many more of our loved ones have to die as a consequence of ignorance and the deficient management of narcotic drugs before modifications are made to protect and preserve life? Where is the culpability”? Her ex-husband, Colin Gerdes, went to the hospital trusting and seeking treatment, and the medications that were prescribed to help him, killed him. There was no misuse or abuse…no intentional overdose…only a compliant patient following his doctor’s prescribing instructions. He died in his sleep approximately 6 hours after taking his doses of Methadone and Valium, exactly as they were prescribed. His parents had to watch their “baby” being carried out of their home encased in a zippered body bag. He was 33 years old.

    Another HARMD member who wishes to remain anonymous due to an ongoing investigation lost her daughter to Methadone prescribed by her Primary Care Physician for alleged Narcotic Withdrawal (from Percocets for back pain). This member states “according to FDA Rules and Regulations this was illegal for him to do. My daughter died three years ago on what would have been her eighth day of treatment. I am still waiting for justice, for the doctor to answer to his crime; a justice that I don’t think will ever come. Why put these rules and regulations in place if there not going to be upheld? Why is it OK for someone such as a physician to commit murder with prescription drugs, I just don’t understand it.”

    Please see the petition at http://www.HARMD.org

  6. The Doc
    January 28, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Dear Sirs,
    Ulf Jonasson, Doctor of Public Health, on YouTube:

    Darvon, Darvocet, Co-Proxamol – the worst drugs ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jonasson+darvon&search=Search

    Friends,

    I would like to tell you a story, a very sad story about a painkiller that has been around in the Amer-ican society since 1957 – that is exactly 50 years. The name of the drug is DARVON or DARVON-N or DARVOCET. It is basically the same drug. In Europe the drug is called DISTALGESIC or CO-PROXAMOL. The working substance in the drug is PROPOXYPHENE or DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE as we call it in Europe.

    We think drugs – containing PROPOXYPHENE – are the worst drugs ever, among prescribed drugs. No single drug in the history has caused so many fatal deaths as these drugs have done during the last 50 years.

    How come I can sit here and say that? Are you supposed to believe me?

    We – my wife Birgitta and myself – Ulf Jonasson, we are both doctors, PhD:s – have studied the dan-gers with PROPOXYPHENE since 1993, that is 13-14 years.

    We have written and published eight scientific articles about PROPOXYPHENE. We have also written and defended two doctorial dissertations about the drug and its fatal consequences. And to get our alar-ming data outside the academic world, we also wrote a popular science version of our research that was published both in Swedish and English. The English name of the book is “Fatalities due to use or misuse of painkillers “

    We think we have studied the consequences of using PROPOXYPHENE in a quite proper way, and therefore we will tell this sad story about a drug that probably have killed more people than any drug in the history.

    One of the “Big Pharmas” in US, Eli Lilly “invented” PROPOXYPHENE in 1953 and it took some years before it came out on the market. There was a need for a painkiller – without side effects in the early 50s – and Lilly found PROPOXYPHENE. Have you heard this story before – a drug without side effects???

    The drug was called DARVON – I am sure you have heard about it – and it became immediately very popular. It was not for the pain killing effects the drug became a financial success. Later on, studies showed that the pain killing effect was not better than aspirin or acetaminophen – like Tylenol. The users felt good, because DARVON is an opiate – close to methadone, morphine and heroin – and it influence your brain, you feel good. The drug influences your Central Nervous System.

    As I told you before, we have studied PROPOXYPHENE since 1993. Our main result was that during the investigated years 1992 – 1999 – eight years – 200 persons in Sweden, were poisoned to death every year due to PROPOXYPHENE – poisoning. 200 persons died every year because they used a very popular painkiller and we thing this was very alarming. Sweden is a quite small country we have just about nine million inhabitants. In United States there are soon 300 million inhabitants and we knew, thanks to international statistics, that the American people used even more PROPOXYPHENE that the Swedish people did. Is it therefore possible for us to assume that there is more that 30 times as many fatal deaths in United States as in Sweden. Yes, we think so.

    If we look at the consumption of PROPOXYPHENE in United States compared to Sweden, we find some very interesting figures. The average consumption of PROPOXYPHENE in Sweden – during the investigated years 1992-1999 – was 2 400 kg/year. In United States you consumed an average of 99 400 kg/year. It is more than 41 times as much in US than in Sweden. Is it possible that the numbers of fatal deaths in US are about 40 times more??? What do you think?

    Here are some more figures. We know that consuming 2 400 kg/year in Sweden, caused 200 fatal death every year. You can say that it became one fatal death for consuming every 12 kilograms in Sweden. I think you understand and accept the metaphor. How many fatal death could that be if you consumed 99 400 kilogram a year in US??

    The numbers are so high, you will not even think about them. And it gets even worse if you think back 50 years, consuming 80 – 90 – 100 000 kilograms a year in 50 years!!! In 2005 the consumption was 110 040 kg.

    I will also mention some figures about the PROPOXYPHENE-situation in United Kingdom. They have also had huge problems with fatal poisonings due to PROPOXYPHENE. In the year 2004, some 1,5 million persons got 7,5 million prescriptions on their version of PROPOXYPHENE, namely CO-PROXA-MOL. These 7,5 million prescriptions became more than 900 000 000 CO-PROXAMOL pills. In the same year there were around 24 million prescriptions in United States, these 24 million prescriptions became almost 3 billion pills containing PROPOXYPHENE. This is 3 followed by nine zeros…

    The medical product authorities in UK; the MHRA, decided January the 31st, 2005 that PROPOXY-PHENE – products would be phased out in the country till the end of the year. They did not succeed doing that. Why, there were so many problems to stop using the drug for the users, so many side effects, so much suffering to get rid of the drug.

    MHRA then decided the drug to be out of the market in the end of the year 2006, but they did not succeed this time either. Today – the MHRA are saying that the drug definitive will be out of the market last December this year. Will they do that??? I do hope so.

    Why do not the US authorities inform the American society about these harming drugs? We can put the answer in just two worlds, THE LAW. We have different laws in Sweden and in US. In Sweden we have one federal law for all four branches of the forensic medicine, which are medicine, chemistry, psychiatric and genetics.

    In United States you have different laws in different states. In some states you have the old English system of CORONERS – and they are more investigators than medical doctors, you also have the MEDICAL EXAMINER SYSTEM, and they are medical doctors, but usually not specialists in forensic medicine.

    And most important of all, in Sweden, the medical doctors take a blood test of all dead persons that come to the forensic medicine station. And these blood tests are all screened for every legal drug there is in Sweden, and that includes PROPOXYPHENE. Thanks to that routine we find our PROPOXYPHENE-cases, and unfortunately you do not find so many PROPOXYPHENE cases.

    In Unites States, the decision to take a blood test is on the level of every one of the 3 200 counties in the country. And by many reasons the needed blood tests are mostly not taken. I think this is a big problem for your country, you loose lots of important information in many areas of medicine, missing the prevalence of PROPOXYPHE is just one.

    I would like say a few more worlds about who are responsible for these tragedies, the many fatalities due to poisoning from PROPOXYPHENE. The manufacturers are – as I said earlier – ELI LILLY. The have earned billions of dollar during the last 47 or 48 years. Why do I not say the last 50 years?

    The reason I say 47 or 48 years is that ELI LILLY sold the rights to their brands DARVON and the others – to some less known US pharmaceutical companies. And these companies were apparently not aware of our research. If they have known about this research, they would have been stupid to get into this crazy business of a drug that kills. LILLY has known about research since 1999 – at least in Sweden. We have printed proof for that.

    LILLY is afraid of the consequences when the drug will be banned. They are afraid of how many people that will sue them because they have lost some dear ones, a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a cousin, an aunt, an uncle or just a very close friend – that have died after that they have used a painkiller, fore example DARVON, DARVON-N or DARVOCET.

    Do you remember VIOXX?? This drug was withdrawn from the market in 2004. The manufacturer, MERCK & Co, said that there was in increasing risk to get heart problem when using VIOXX. They talked about increasing risk,we talk about fatal deaths, thousands of fatal deaths – just in United States. Now MERCK & CO has to pay billions of dollars in damages.

    You can say, that ELI LILLY, almost to the last minute – earned millions of dollars every year on their PROPOXYPHENE- drugs. Both in Sweden and in UK they did the same thing. They sold DISTALGESIC to another company in Sweden and UK. Kind of a surprise for this company – they bought a drug that was banned just after a short time.

    Money are apparently more important than human lives for ELI LILLY, It is a simple as that.

    I would like to finish this message by telling you how things could develop. After restrictions were implemented twice in Sweden, 2001 and 2005, thanks to our research – we now can say that 500 – 600 lives have been saved, just in Sweden. During 1992-99 some 200 persons were poisoned to death every year. The Medical Product Agency in Sweden recently informed that during the year 2005, 56 persons were poisoned to death. And we feel proud of what we have done.

    We now feel a moral obligation to inform about the dangers with PROPOXYPHENE all over the world. And we know that, when the FDA will ban DARVON and the OTHER PROPOXYPHENE-brands, lots of lives- thousands and thousands – will be saved in Unites States. If the FDA doesn´t do that, the sad story continues.

    We thank you for watching this video.

    Good bye

    Ulf Jonasson
    Doctor of Public Health (DrPh), Journalist
    Lövdalsvägen 5, SE-640 20 Björkvik, Sweden
    Phone: +46(0)155-714 55
    Cellphone: +46(0) 730 23 26 00
    http://www.folkpartiet.se/ulfjonasson

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