purpose of this site is to bring awareness on how easy it is
to overdose Oxycontin(Oxy's) and it's other dangers when
ABUSED in the memory of Eddie Bisch.
|"I'm told what
makes this unique as a painkiller is that it's very
effective and it has a very level dosage," said
Inspector Jeremiah Daley, commander of the
Philadelphia Police' Narcotics Division.
(But when chewed, crushed, snorted or injected)
"It seems to be a substitute for heroin and they
seem to be using it to get
a more intense high," he said.
The full jolt of the painkiller's effect is comparable
to that of high-grade heroin, medical and law
enforcement sources say.
|"It's one of the
next-closest things you can get to heroin," said
Howard Haines, a pharmacist at Virtua-Memorial
Hospital Burlington County in
|OxyContin is a leading
treatment for chronic pain, but officials fear it may
succeed crack cocaine on the street.....TIME
|In recent months,
OxyContin abuse has begun to take place in the
His death is one of at least 20 in Philadelphia since
last November in
which the drug was one of the contributing factors,
"In six or seven of those cases, OxyContin was
the cause of death," said
Jeff Moran, spokesman for the city's Health
Its abuse is becoming a growing problem nationwide.
Last month, the
National Drug Intelligence Center released a report
calling its abuse "a
major problem, particularly in the eastern United
OxyContin, produced by Purdue Pharmaceutical in
Stamford, Conn., came on the market in 1996. It is
sold in dosages of 10, 20, 80 and 160 milligrams. ALL
doses are time-release tablets that deliver the drug
over a 12-hour period.
It sells on the street for roughly $1 a milligram,
Patients who take it for medical reasons are supposed
to swallow it with
water. Abusers, however, are chewing it or crushing it
before ingesting it,
|Edward Barbieri, a
toxicologist at National Medical Services in Willow
Grove, said anyone can die from it if they chew it or
crush it and then
"If you take enough, by itself, it can
kill," he said.
Taking it with alcohol or any other type of depressant
chances, he said.
"OxyContin is a respiratory depressant and so is
alcohol so you have the
added effect," he said. "It makes you stop
breathing and then the
cardiovascular system stops functioning so your heart
stops pumping and
then you die."
|Bucks County District
Attorney Diane Gibbons called OxyContin's abuse and
illegal trafficking a "growing problem" in
the county, particularly in
lower Bucks County.
|It is highly addictive
when abused. Internet health-care message boards
contain numerous postings from OxyContin abusers
desperate for ways to kick their habit, and reporting
behavior including violent rages when they tried to
abruptly stop using it.
|Agent Mary Vaira, a
spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration in Philadelphia, said that despite the
availability of heroin in the city, OxyContin has
literally come from nowhere to a position of newfound
popularity in barely six months.
"We know it's here and we know it's bad,"