Ontario and other provinces in Canada delisting OxyContin and its replacement OxyNEO, more of the same

Many are applauding Purdue Pharma, the company that makes oxycontin, for discontinuing the manufacturing of the drug. OxyContin is called “Hillbilly heroin”, and is sold on the street for its Heroin like high. Thousands of addicts die from digesting this drug each year. Abuse of the drug has been rampant, both as a street drug and abused prescription drug. Overprescribing and abuse of opioids — OxyContin in particular — is a problem in Ontario, as well as other provinces.

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Oxycontin and OxyNeo in Ontario

In Ontario, come the end of the month OxyContin will cease to be manufactured and will be replaced by and new drug called OxyNEO. OxyNEO contains a chemical called Remoxy, which renders the medication resinous believed to make it difficult for addicts to crush. This is believed to make it more difficult for an addict to snort or inject. When exposed to moisture or dissolved in water, the new pills gum up into a thick, unusable gel making snorting or injecting difficult.

OxyNEO has the same active ingredients as the OxyContin with exception of the Remoxy.

Several things have happened since the US stopped selling OxyContin. The across border trade, smuggling Canadian OxyContin across the border has become a big money making industry. In one case the Globe and Mail reports some thieves stealing from a pharmacy stopped in mid robbery when they found out OxyContin wasn’t available, but only OxyNEO was.

Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces will no longer pay for the drug, except in cases of cancer or palliative care. Health Canada is doing the same, covering the medication only for First Nations and Inuit patients who currently have prescriptions, and reviewing new requests on a case-by-case basis. Alberta is not delisting OxyNEO or OxyContin. Some of the other provinces I have found no report either way on.

Let’s take a look of the ramifications here. Many people involved with drug addictions are really concerned with a massive drug withdrawal expected at the end of the month and the provinces are not setup with sufficient help for those going through withdrawals. If Alberta and other provinces that don’t delist the drugs, then there will be requests and smuggling from these provinces to the delisting provinces.

If the addicts cannot get their OxyContin, being desperate they will try to get the same high from other drugs, be it heroin or other opiates available or perhaps a cocktail of drugs. I suspect that the high will not be the same and these addicts would increase the amounts taken. People will die of overdoses. That will be a statistic to watch in the future.

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Although the OxyNEO contains Remoxy, I think that the provinces involved and the drug company underestimates the determination of a drug addict to get the high they are addicted to. Someone will find a good chemist buddy to help out with that and find a way to counteract the Remoxy.

Who said that necessity was the mother of invention?

If you have a friend or relative that has an addiction to OxyContin, Something can be done about it! I invite you to check out the Narconon website to find out more about their drug rehabilitation program, and how they deal with OxyContin addictions.

- Dianne

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Article by Dianne Gariepy

Dianne Gariepy is a mother of a large family, now grown, and grandmother of 9, soon to be 11 grandchildren. Dianne is very concerned about our food today. She would like to see GMOs stomped out completely and recommends organic food to everyone. The body needs food to eat and use as energy to repair itself, not something that is "roundup ready". She has much interest in drug rehabilitation that is done in a chemical free way, with natural supplements. Dianne is an award winning oil painter and has a following for her creations. She also is writing a book of short stories, is currently on story four of six. Her stories border upon fantasy and science fiction, although science was never her strong suit. She is known in the Edmonton area for her sense of humor, and is known to do the odd comedy routine at Church functions and group gatherings.
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  1. Duke Cad says:

    Firstly, I would like to say that I find this article well written and touches on a very difficult topic.That being said, I think there is a lot to say about use and misuse, but the fact remains….It is a dangerous drug if used inappropriately. Like most drugs. One thing we found in a rehab setting is that a lot of people who get addicted thought it was safe since their doctor prescribed it. Will delisting it solve the issue? No. It does however point to the fact that pharmaceutical companies and government recognize the dangers of prescribed drugs. Is this a positive shift that is happening? As far as pain management goes, Oxy is not the only medication out there, so I personally think using a different and equally effective pain medication would be the solution for legitimate users.I must also confess that I felt a little less clinical about it when I read a lady’s comment on our blog about it. My heart goes out to families like hers.http://www.serenityranch.ca/blog/bid/79308/Serenity-Ranch-Should-Oxycontin-be-delisted-in-Alberta

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