You take the cookie jar away from a kid and put it on top of the refrigerator, it doesn’t take away his sweet tooth. It makes him try harder.
It makes him desperate.
Reinventining Oxycontin as “impossible to manipulate” doesn’t take away an addict’s thirst for a fix. So they don’t have pills to snort, so what? Oxycontin addicts have….what?
Last April, the FDA approved the release of a new version of Oxycontin that that claims to be tamper proof (http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm207480.htm). They were pretty successful. The pills can’t be crushed or chewed. So now what?
Percocet 30mgs are the new Oxys, for those who can swing thirty bucks a pill. (That’s a price that’s only going up as legislation passes to shorten the leashes on doctors prescribing painkillers recklessly.) The spike in Perc abuse isn’t a prediction. It’s happening now. Wicked Local News of Bridgewater covered a Percocet drug bust in East Bridgewater in October 2010, and quoted an East Bridgewater detective as saying that Percocet abuse is currently, “an epidemic. It’s out of control.”
Unfortunately, Percocet abuse is the better of two places that Oxycontin addicts with a dried-up supply are turning to. Last month, those Bridgewater investigors from the West Bridgewater Task Force released a statement saying, “WEB investigators continue to see a significant spike in Percocet and heroin use, as well as related crimes to the drug use.”
It’s the pill or the needle, depending on what you can afford.
Heroin is a high similar to Oxycontin at a much cheaper price. An entire wave of people seem to be headed in one direction. After all, we’re all in a recession…right? It’s the simplest form of business: supply/demand/price. Here’s the scary part – adult addicts, functioning addicts, as many are, can afford the Percs. You know who can’t? Kids. The kids are out there and without Oxy on the street they are lost. They’re at a crossroads…and one of the directions is a very deadly path.
If there was ever a time to reach out to addicts and make substance abuse treatment programs more accessible, it’s now. This is the most crucial moment for Oxycontin addiction awareness since it hit the streets in ’95. An underground society of people are all out of their choice drug at the same time. If you are one of those people, you aren’t alone, and you don’t have to chose a replacement for Oxys. There’s a third option.
Turn the tables. You be the one to say no.
Oxy Watchdog has an incredible list of resources – from how to get treatment, to finding local support groups for addicts or their families, to personal stories of people who have touched the bottom depths of Oxycontin addiction and made it back up for air. Check it out here: http://www.oxywatchdog.com/oxy-voices-oxy-addicts-in-the-real-world/
If you’re the parent of a teenager, know this: teens are addicted to Oxycontin. Percocet. Heroin. Prescription pill abuse is skyrocketing among teenagers. D.A.R.E. has great resources for parents on how to talk to their kids about drugs and how to look for signs of drug abuse. Use them, because you can do something. Go to http://www.dare.com.
For our huge fan base of Boston locals with teens who know all too well how badly Boston needs this message, there are programs in your neighborhood. Woburn District Court’s HEAT helps teenagers and first-time heroin offenders get off the streets and beat their habits. HEAT grabs teens at the early stages of heroin addiction and helps them turn their lives around. HEAT has ten permanent beds at the Center for Addictive Behaviors in Danvers and provides detox treatment, addiction education, and long-term follow-ups for young people. This program is completely separate from treatment programs for older heroin users that have a long history with the drug. Contact HEAT here.
No matter how Oxycontin has affected your life, its your life to change.
The Oxy-Morons Team