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One of the really frightening things about oxycontin abuse in the US is just how many people have been touched by this problem. I've been watching the comment threads growing on Vanguard's The Oxycontin Express and what's been most surprising, or perhaps most saddening, is the number of people weighing in with their own personal experiences.
WOW! That was an eye opening episode! After having 3 friends die as a result of overdosing on OxyContin, I thought I knew about the pain medication problem. But you have told the whole story. Thank You!
And user sxyindiechic weighs in with a local perspective:
Way to go Broward County; I have lived in Florida since I was 13 years old; Broward County specifically since I was 14; and I wish I could say this episode surprised me. This pill pandemic has been going on here for years and years; what is surprising is that this is the first honest look at the problem! Christ sakes! Cops started in Broward County and now we have Police Women of Broward County & it took Current to give a fresh perspective on a problem that is and has been pervasive in Broward; its beyond a joke how easy illicit and prescription drugs are to get here; I don't know anyone who hasn't been negatively affected by the pervasiveness of the drug culture here.
User stonefree87 also lives down in Florida:
I lived in Brevard county my entire life until two months ago. Everyone I know down there, including myself, knows someone who has died because of this or at least knows people who are damn near it. I can think of at least 4 people I know who's only source of income is selling these (and they do just fine financially). They'll drive to different counties to visit different doctors and then come back home to unload. And they're addicted themselves. Their entire world revolves around a pill, including their "job".
And at the other end of the pill pipeline, jonsiegirl writes to us from Greenup County, Kentucky.
My grandson, Ryan, died June 29, 2009 from an ovewrdose of Oxycontin that most likely travelled to him from these pseudo Physicians and pharmicists in Florida. Ryan was 22 yers old and was intrduced to this KILLER drug by his best friend. He was very naive and within 3 weeks after his first dose he was dead.
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