Letter: Oxycodone is a bad drug

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Editor,

Oxycodone alone has had the most profound negative effect on our communities, families, court system, jails, prisons and the department of human services in the past century. Families are torn apart, courts are overwhelmed, jails are full, babies are being born addicted, placed in foster care and quite often placed in permanent homes through foster care, all because of a lie.

In a nearby county the sheriff there said, that at least 80 percent of his inmates are in there for crimes associated with prescription drugs, mostly oxycodone.

Purdue Pharma continues to produce, manufacture, and promote oxycodone, and the drug's molecular structure sequence is almost identical to heroin. Is it any wonder we are experiencing the same turmoil if not worse than we did back when heroin was legal? Why make a synthetic heroin? Heroin was banned almost 100 years ago!

1 am not so quick to judge when I read about people being arrested for oxycodone related offenses, I ask myself why? When people are off this extremely addictive pain medicine most are good upstanding people, but on oxycodone nothing matters but to feed the addiction, all because doctors and pharmaceutical companies are handing them out like candy.

People have lost everything they love and care about. If we think back, we did not have this insidious epidemic until oxycodone was placed on the market, under the brand name oxycontin, the patent ran out on oxycontin, opening the door to make roxycodone or giving the name "roxies" to glamorize the drug.

In 1914 the Harrison Narcotic act banned the production and sale of opiates and cocaine in the United States, the first prohibitionist legislation (although in form it was a revenue act, requiring the registration of, and payment of special taxes by, producers, distributors and suppliers of opiates and cocaine). In practice it led to the arrest of thousands of doctors, pharmacists and addits.

The prescription of heroin for medical purposes was not explicitly prohibited by the Harrison act, but in 1919 the us supreme court ruled that the prescription of narcotics was a violation of the "good faith practice of medicine "and therefore a criminal offense under the act.

Why are we not asking our lawmakers to take a closer look at the doctors that that are prescribing the drug that is causing the most insidious epidemic to our communities in the last century, "oxycodone."

Take a closer look at whom and why these patients need such a powerful and extremely addictive drug? Take a look at the manufactures ... and why they are seeing such a massive increase in production. This does not look like "good faith practice of medicine to me.

My only hope and prayer is that starting today we the people will demand legislation to fix this unbelievable attack on our society. Create innovative cutting edge treatment. We cannot continue to turn a deaf ear because its not my problem or it doesn't affect me. This is a personnel problem, this is war, we better wake up, it's not going away.

Brett Bartlett

Sevierville

Oxycodone alone has had the most profound negative effect on our communities, families, court system, jails, prisons and the department of human services in the past century. Families are torn apart, courts are overwhelmed, jails are full, babies are being born addicted, placed in foster care and quite often placed in permanent homes through foster care, all because of a lie.

In a nearby county the sheriff there said, that at least 80 percent of his inmates are in there for crimes associated with prescription drugs, mostly oxycodone.

Purdue Pharma continues to produce, manufacture, and promote oxycodone, and the drug's molecular structure sequence is almost identical to heroin. Is it any wonder we are experiencing the same turmoil if not worse than we did back when heroin was legal? Why make a synthetic heroin? Heroin was banned almost 100 years ago!

1 am not so quick to judge when I read about people being arrested for oxycodone related offenses, I ask myself why? When people are off this extremely addictive pain medicine most are good upstanding people, but on oxycodone nothing matters but to feed the addiction, all because doctors and pharmaceutical companies are handing them out like candy.

People have lost everything they love and care about. If we think back, we did not have this insidious epidemic until oxycodone was placed on the market, under the brand name oxycontin, the patent ran out on oxycontin, opening the door to make roxycodone or giving the name "roxies" to glamorize the drug.

In 1914 the Harrison Narcotic act banned the production and sale of opiates and cocaine in the United States, the first prohibitionist legislation (although in form it was a revenue act, requiring the registration of, and payment of special taxes by, producers, distributors and suppliers of opiates and cocaine). In practice it led to the arrest of thousands of doctors, pharmacists and addits.

The prescription of heroin for medical purposes was not explicitly prohibited by the Harrison act, but in 1919 the us supreme court ruled that the prescription of narcotics was a violation of the "good faith practice of medicine "and therefore a criminal offense under the act.

Why are we not asking our lawmakers to take a closer look at the doctors that that are prescribing the drug that is causing the most insidious epidemic to our communities in the last century, "oxycodone."

Take a closer look at whom and why these patients need such a powerful and extremely addictive drug? Take a look at the manufactures ... and why they are seeing such a massive increase in production. This does not look like "good faith practice of medicine to me.

My only hope and prayer is that starting today we the people will demand legislation to fix this unbelievable attack on our society. Create innovative cutting edge treatment. We cannot continue to turn a deaf ear because its not my problem or it doesn't affect me. This is a personnel problem, this is war, we better wake up, it's not going away.

Brett Bartlett

Sevierville