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Canada Changing Laws to Tackle Painkiller Addiction

Posted under OxyContin, Painkillers

A couple of years ago the patent for OxyContin’s original formula expired. That’s not for the extended release version with the abuse-resistant formulation, but the original formula – which caused the huge epidemic in prescription painkiller addiction and abuse. The FDA refused to approve any drugs that were generic versions of the original OxyContin, but Canada gave the drugs approval. Now Canada’s prescription painkiller addiction problem is so bad that they’re going to reverse the approval. more…

Do You Wonder if You’re Addicted to Prescription Painkillers?

Posted under Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

There are a lot of people out there who’ve been on painkillers for a long time. Many have tried to stop taking them, but when they do, they suffer from pain and other symptoms that make them think they still need the drug. However, those symptoms are more likely to be from withdrawal – which means it’s time to get into a drug rehab program.

How Do You Know You’re Going Through Withdrawal? more…

Real Non-Addictive Opiate Prescription Painkillers?

Posted under Hydrocodone, Opiates, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Drug overdoses were the leading cause of death by injury in the U.S. just a couple of years ago. And the numbers aren’t getting any better. Most of those drugs that are killing people are prescription. And most of THOSE are OxyContin and other prescription painkillers. more…

From Painkillers to Heroin – An All Too Common Story

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Methadone, Vicodin

Every day there are stories about people who start their drug use with a legitimate prescription for painkillers and become heroin addicts. Their lives are ruined. But you can prevent it.

A recent story chronicled the life of one such person. Here’s the time line:

  • At 18, her doctor gave her a prescription for Vicodin for fibromyalgia.
  • Over the next two years she took the drug more and more frequently and, within three years, was a full blown addict. more…