Canadian Coroner Offers Words of Warning about OxyNEO

A recent article from CBC News out of Canada caught our eye and we wanted to share. A coroner has made a statement to health care professionals in Canada warning them that OxyContin replacement drugs (like OxyNEO) are still very dangerous and increased caution should be used in prescribing them. His statement comes as a result of an opiate overdose and in his words: “Transitioning from one opiate to another does carry some risks, and this death … highlighted the case for heightened vigilance,” Wilson said. Users May Subconsciously Seek Higher Doses of OxyNEO Wilson wanted to highlight the dangers that are inherent in switching drugs.  Many users who are not happy with the sensation of OxyNEO (or another OxyContin replacement like OxyIR or fentanyl) might prescribing physicians to clarify any questionable increases in dosage. Dr. Wilson encourages  pharmacists to screen prescriptions for patterns indicating increased dosages and to contact prescribing physicians to clarify any change. Dr. Wilson has also requested other coroners to be on alert for similar deaths.…

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Canadian Health Experts Skeptical about New OxyContin Formula

Nearly three months have passed since OxyContin was withdrawn from sale in Canada and replaced by a new formulation called OxyNEO. According to drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, OxyNEO is harder to abuse because it transforms into a gel when combined with liquid and is impossible to draw into a syringe. It is also more difficult to crush and inhale. While it's still early to judge the effects of this change, it appears that many Canadian addicts are attempting to adapt. On websites and in online forums, OxyContin abusers are posting recipes for breaking down OxyNEO. Health officials are discouraging these attempts since the effects of injecting the gel-like formulation are unknown. Police in Ottawa have reported that more people are abusing fentanyl as the underground supply of OxyContin dries up. Like OxyContin and OxyNEO, Fentanyl contains oxycodone. It is prescribed to people with chronic pain or who have just undergone surgery and is about 80 times more powerful than morphine. Native Americans and Oxycontin What hasn't occurred yet is…

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Canada Takes Desperate Action Against OxyContin Addiction

The government of Canada is taking strong measures to stem the tide of OxyContin abuse. At the end of this month, the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin will no longer be allowed to manufacture and market the drug in Canada. Under government pressure, Purdue Pharma Canada is replacing OxyContin with a new formulation called OxyNEO. According to Purdue, the design of OxyNEO will make it more difficult to abuse. OxyContin is a time-released version of oxycodone, a highly addictive opioid painkiller. It has been described by drug experts as being twice as strong as morphine. When the time-released pills are crushed and injected or inhaled or chewed, OxyContin produces a high that has been compared to heroin. While OxyNEO will still contain oxycodone, Purdue claims that it will be harder to crush and will form a thick get that resists injection when added to liquid. Entire Communities Impacted The media in Canada has recently focused on the plight of First Nations native people living on impoverished reserves in the…

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