Oxy Watchdog

Keeping An Eye On OxyContin

Oxy film exposes Fla.’s pill pipeline

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on October 22, 2009

Take 47 minutes and 16 seconds out of your day to check out this new documentary on the OxyContin abuse epidemic – you won’t be disappointed. Current TV correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to South Florida, the “Colombia of prescription drugs,” where 11 people every day die of prescription drug overdoses. Named after a flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Huntington, W. Va. that has come to be known as the “Oxy Express” because so many addicts and pill pushers use it to transport Oxys across state lines, the film posits the question of ethical breaches by doctors and so-called pain clinics with no problem doling out pills like candy. Perhaps most compelling is the story of one 27-year-old addict who is still abusing the painkiller after his brother and wife both died of Oxy overdoses.

Read van Zeller’s interview with Hulu about the making of the documentary here.

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