Yes, the drug has helped many people. But it has killed a lot of people and many thousands are addicted and cannot get out. There is a thriving market for oxy’s out there on the street. And the withdrawals are a bitch.
Since OxyContin was introduced in 1996, Canada has recorded the second-highest number of prescription opioid painkiller addictions and the world’s second-highest death rate from overdoses. In the US, narcotic overdose deaths now surpass deaths from murders and fatal car accidents.
The Tiny Time-Released Time Bomb
As soon as it was released, Purdue Pharma hailed OxyContin as its new “miracle pill” for pain sufferers. Drug company representatives told physicians and patients OxyContin was safer than other narcotics because it was time-released, so there was essentially no potential for abuse—but nothing could’ve been farther from the truth. WATCH DOCUMENTARY