Balance, Pain

Oxycodone Tab Highjacking

“Actavis opiate shipment hit by cargo thieves in USA” 14 pallets of oxycodone entered the illicit market! 70,000 units!! How many tablets is that? Also gone: alprazolam, another drug commonly associated with drug related deaths. Not the only cause of the problem but clearly part of the problem!

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2 thoughts on “Oxycodone Tab Highjacking

  1. THIS is how illicit oxycodone enters the market, not pain patients selling their precious meds. It is almost impossible to even find continuance of a long term opioid treatment regimen (specialist died) for RSD. Doctors inform that they only do one treatment modality, such as only spinal stimulators, or only suboxone (for pain???!!!). What about examining the patient BEFORE prescribing a treatment? These “pain specialists” are like salesmen for a certain companies vacuum cleaner, I mean medical device. With what other disease would a successful course of treatment be out of the question but experimental therapies are just fine? In all the articles about prescription drug misuse everyone except the patient gets to say their piece in interviews etc. Why is the live of an addict or potential overdose victim valued more than that of an innocent RSD sufferer?

    Posted by Tom Cuddy | January 30, 2012, 1:08 PM
  2. Tom, Thanks.
    I would say it it one way. Unfortunately opioids do enter the illicit market though patients. Some are stolen from patients, some patients in the US do sell their meds (often to cover health insurance costs). I am not aware of percentages but I do concede that it does happen. However if we continue work to minimize that risk of diversion, we should not allow a few bad eggs spoil the situation for genuine patients.

    Posted by Pain policy & palliative care | January 30, 2012, 8:03 PM

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