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A Society Stranded

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?

They’re desperate.

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

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Lost Souls

Lost Souls

We all have people in our lives that we consider lost. The walking dead. The ones that have given up on themselves for so long, they’ve drifted out of our reach.

My father spent years trying to pull his sister Mary back.

The minute someone gives up on themselves, they start daring everyone they love to give up on them, too. We think of self-destruction as standing on the edge of a cliff to see who will stop you from jumping. Testing everyone around you and waiting for someone to grab you off the ledge. When we are losing ourselves, we expect this one drop that will mark the moment we become a lost soul.

That’s not how it happens.

It’s a quiet, slow process to lose yourself. It’s a quiet, slow process to declare our loved ones ‘lost souls,’ and it usually happens long after they’ve lost themselves. There is no line to toe between ‘here’ and ‘lost.’ There is only the footing of your family and relationships that you either stand on or chip away. The key is realizing that you are destroying yourself and there is no single moment that will decide whether you take hold of your own life or give it away to drugs. They key is knowing that only you are the one who can decide that you are not lost yet. The longer you wait, the farther you slip. No day in the future will be easier to turn around and find yourself than today.

Decide now.

For those of us on the other side, all I can say is that the earlier you grab someone who is slipping, the easier it is to pull them back. Talk to your kids. All the time. They’re not going to be the ones to bring it up.

Heroin killed Mary long after she had lost herself, and long after we had lost her too. It was slow. It was having Mary at Christmas, sober, one year and high the next, not there at all the next, until the day she was banging on our front door with a junkie boyfriend at in tow in the middle of the night and I couldn’t let her in. Even when she was alive, I knew her as the idea of what Mary used to be. She was too far gone in my lifetime to be found.

Please do not let yourself slip so much that you wake up one day and realize you can’t climb back to life.

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