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OxyContin, a potent painkiller containing opium-derived oxycodone as its key active ingredient, was first sold in 1996 as a treatment for cancer patients and other chronic pain sufferers. From the start, the drug's manufacturer aggressively marketed its patented time-release formula as a breakthrough in the effort to reduce prescription drug abuse. It wasn't long, however, before thrill-seeking teenagers shattered that illusion of safety; by simply crushing an "Oxy,"...
OxyContin, a potent painkiller containing opium-derived oxycodone as its key active ingredient, was first sold in 1996 as a treatment for cancer patients and other chronic pain sufferers. From the start, the drug's manufacturer aggressively marketed its patented time-release formula as a breakthrough in the effort to reduce prescription drug abuse. It wasn't long, however, before thrill-seeking teenagers shattered that illusion of safety; by simply crushing an "Oxy," they were able to tap into a high so seductive it would come to dominate their lives. Some patients, seeking relief from pain, also found themselves drawn to the drug's dark side.
Pain Killer takes readers on a journey of discovery that begins with the true story of Lindsay, a high-school cheerleader in Virginia who gets hooked on Oxys, and expands outward to explore the critical issues of legitimate pain management, prescription drug abuse, and how the misuse of science by the drug industry threatens the public good. With the fast-rising abuse of prescription drugs by young people ringing alarm bells within government, the how and why behind the OxyContin disaster is a gripping read not only for parents, but also for medical professionals, community leaders, business executives, and all those concerned with this crisis.
The dangers described in Pain Killer also reverberate far beyond the threat from a single drug at a particular moment in time. The focus of our government's war on drugs has clearly misled many of us into thinking that only illegal drugs smuggled from beyond our borders can be abused. As Meier tells the dramatic story, some of the most deadly substances are produced and sold legally right here at home.
THE EXTRAORDINARY AND TRUE STORY OF OXYCONTIN
EQUAL PARTS crime thriller, medical detective story, and business exposé, Pain Killer takes a hard-hitting look at how a powerful drug touted as the salvation for millions triggered a national tragedy. At its inception, the legal narcotic OxyContin was seen as a pharmaceutical dream, a "wonder" drug that would herald a sea change in medical care while reaping vast profits for its maker. It did do that; but it also unleashed a public health crisis that cut a swath of despair and crime through unsuspecting small towns, suburbs, and cities across the country. As reports of OxyContin overdoses made front-page and network news, doctors, narcotics agents, regulators, industry executives, and lawmakers raced in, scrambling to slow the damage. Behind it all stood one of America's wealthiest families, and a drug company whose relentless promotion helped fuel the problem
Written by award-winning journalist Barry Meier, whose special report in the New York Times triggered national interest in OxyContin, Pain Killer chronicles the rise of the multibillion dollar pain management industry and lays bare its excesses and abuses.
|Prologue: The Book of the Dead||1|
|Ch. 1||Pill Hill||5|
|Ch. 2||Senior Night||27|
|Ch. 3||A War Against Pain||49|
|Ch. 4||Magic Bullets||77|
|Ch. 5||Chicken and Biscuits||105|
|Ch. 6||Hot Spots||121|
|Ch. 7||Kiddie Dope||143|
|Ch. 8||A Tacit Understanding||169|
|Ch. 9||The Secrets of Dendur||193|
|Ch. 10||The Body Count||223|
|Ch. 11||Purple Peelers||249|
|Ch. 12||New Beginnings||273|
|Ch. 13||The Pain Industry||289|
|Sources and Notes||315|
Posted February 3, 2011
if you or anyone in your life has or currently struggles with the disease of addiction or is being prescribed pain medication for any reason. Where there is need for the powerful OxyContin, it also kills. Know as "hilly billy" heroin, this is the well researched and written story of greed and ignorance, benign neglect on the part of government officials who were understaffed and lacking in power. Tragically it is the story of how prescription medication now kills more people in the US than "street drugs." All this and the manufacturer makes billions whether sold legally or... in many cases, where pill mills thrive.
Does your elderly loved one need the power of OxyContin or is it simply conveniently pushed into the hands of too many untrained doctors? Thanks to this award winner reporter for bring this insightful information forward.
Posted November 27, 2009
It's well-researched and presents the human side of addiction. Describes the deceit of the company that made the drug (OxyContin) that fueled America's opioid addiction epidemic. Ahead of its time, since it was published in 2003 and the company was found guilty in 2006 of misbranding and deceitful marketing practices.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2003
Posted January 17, 2009
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