Tag: pain-relieving medications

Drug Busts Net Powerful Prescription Painkiller. Part 1

by on Jul.21, 2011, under Prescription Drug

A prescription painkiller is fast becoming the focus of police drug busts in the Midwest. Addicts are crushing it, swallowing it, injecting it and even snorting it like cocaine.

It’s called OxyContin — a powerful but potentially addictive drug. While it brings relief from severe and intractable pain to many thousands of patients, illegal use of it has suddenly become an epidemic in depressed parts of Maine, Appalachia and the rural Midwest.

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