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Archive for the ‘Personal Stories’ Category

Man steals baby food to support heroin addiction

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on September 19, 2010

A trend among abusers of the painkiller OxyContin is to switch to heroin, which costs less and is often easier to obtain – a trend exemplified by Sean Roderick of Massachusetts. Roderick, 30, recently pleaded guilty to stealing baby formula from a supermarket with the intention to resell it in order to support his heroin addiction, reports this article on Seacoastonline.com. Though Roderick told the judge he is committed to beating an addiction stemming from the OxyContin he was prescribed for knee surgery, the judge holds little hope.

“From this court’s experience, we’re going to see Mr. Roderick back again,” said the judge, according to the article. “It happens in every heroin case.”

To read more about the Oxy-to-heroin trend, go here.


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Oxy thief ends own life

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on August 5, 2010

OxyWatchdog usually posts crime-related stories under Oxy Crime Watch, but this story of a man who stole OxyContin from a Rite Aid pharmacy in Spokane, Wash. and then shot himself as he was being pursued by police highlights the desperation the painkiller creates in addicts.

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OxyWatchdog Memory Wall

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on July 30, 2010

OxyWatchdog has started a Memory Wall remembering those who have died due to OxyContin and heroin addiction. If you would like your loved one to be included, please email a picture in .jpg format, as well as a brief description, to oxywatchdog@gmail.com.

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San Diego parents fight Oxy abuse

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on June 29, 2010

This short news clip from NBC Channel 4 San Diego shows how parents are partnering with law enforcement officials and activists to try to combat the rising rates of OxyContin abuse in their community. One of the organizations they’re teaming up with is San Diego’s Oxy Task Force, which you can read more about here.

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YouthSpeaksOut! explores kids’ Oxy use

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on April 27, 2010

YouthSpeaksOut!, a monthly show produced with high school students in California’s Mendocino County, recently had a broadcast on the topic of “Youth and Oxycontin.” Included in the broadcast are commentary from local law enforcement officials, counselors, and two community members who have been struggling to help family members addicted to Oxycontin.

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College student decries Oxy abuse at Chico State

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on March 31, 2010

A Chico State University student has written a compelling editorial on the OxyContin abuse epidemic at the school after his friend died of an Oxy overdose. He notes that Oxy “was created to help patients incapacitated by pain to live somewhat normal lives, not to get people high,” but says “the latter seems to be the more common application of OxyContin.” He goes on to ask, “how can the pharmaceutical companies defend the production of OxyContin when we already have a wide selection of alternatives?…Until this dangerous status quo is realized and the reins are brought in on prescription painkillers, we’ll continue to hear stories like my friend’s.”

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Opiate addiction support group founder calls out drug forum officials

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on March 30, 2010

A local parent in Braintree, Mass. – an area rife with opiate abuse – has written an eye-opening and heartfelt letter to Weymouth News criticizing a forum held at Braintree High School on March 25 on teen drug abuse, where she had been asked to set up a resource table for her organization, Learn To Cope, a support group for parents and family members dealing with a loved one addicted to heroin and OxyContin. Joanne Peterson said the presenters skirted over the issue of the state’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic, instead focusing on under-aged drinking. Opiate overdose is now the number one cause of death in Massachusetts, she pointed out.

Read more about Braintree’s opiate issues here, and the state’s struggles here.

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“Oxy is a household name,” says former teen addict

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on December 1, 2009

In this disturbing article in the Gloucester Times, one high school student and former OxyContin addict describes how he became addicted to the painkiller when he was 12. The boy is one of several students to have testified during a hearing last year organized by the Massachusetts OxyContin and Heroin Commission, which recently described OxyContin use in the state as an epidemic. The article stresses the need for more recovery high schools, which provide sober students a high school environment that is free of alcohol and drugs. In this year’s budget, new legislation requires public schools to pay a per-pupil fee for the students they send there in an effort to make the program self-sustaining, the article says.

Read more about Massachusetts’ OxyContin troubles here, here, and here.

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Tulsa family describes Oxy abuse to Dr. Phil

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on November 20, 2009

A family in Tulsa, Okla. has shared their story of OxyContin addiction with media personality Dr. Phil, according to this article on Newson6.com. The 19-year-old son who has been addicted to Oxy headed straight to rehab after the show, and discusses how easily he was able to obtain the painkiller. Watch the new outlet’s TV coverage of the story here. Watch an excerpt from the Dr. Phil episode here.

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Parents of overdose victim push for tougher laws in Kan.

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on November 20, 2009

The parents of a Johnson County, Kan. teen who died of a heroin overdose after battling an OxyContin addiction share their story with KMBC-TV. They’re calling for tougher drug enforcement laws in light of the suburban Kansas City county’s growing heroin problem. The article also discusses the increasing numbers of teen heroin addicts in the county, saying that in nearly every case, high schoolers who overdosed on heroin started by popping prescription pills. An accompanying TV news report is linked to the story.

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