Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The War on Drugs?.....I'm Confused

A friend of mine was recently on a trip to the US where he fell and sprained his wrist. OUCH! So naturally he went to the local hospital to get it looked at, bandaged up and where they gave him a prescription for OxyContin. OxyContin really? for a sprain. For those of you who don't know its a drug derived from Opium and will give you a damn good high. Which got me thinking the States has a high percentage of people hooked on prescrition drugs and with all the Vicodin, Percocet and Oxy prescriptions being handed out for somethng as minor as a sprang its no wonder so many people are hooked on this stuff. In Canada if that happens to you your given A T3, as in one T3 maybe you'll get 2, and sent on your way. I had surgery for fucks sake and all I got was a prescrition for T3's and when i asked for something stronger they said NO... you'll be fine with these.

So why doesn't Canada hand out the good stuff like the States? Oh ya, we don't have drug companies that make money off of us getting high and hooked on OxyContin , Vicodin and whatever else they can hand out. So why in the fuck is there a war on drugs in the US when there ok with getting their own citizens hooked on prescritption drugs, a drug IS a drug. They certainly don't need to be giving OxyContin out for a bloody spranged wrist when a T3 will do the job.

I'm confused.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2008 May-Jun;99(3):182-4.

Non-medical use of prescription opioids and public health in Canada: an urgent call for research and interventions development.

Fischer B, Rehm J, Goldman B, Popova S.

While the public health problem of psychoactive drug use is well recognized, the emerging phenomenon of non-medical use of prescription opioids has been largely ignored in Canada. Most evidence on this issue and related harms in North America to date come from the United States (US), where the prevalence of non-medical opioid use in key populations, as well as related morbidity and mortality, recently have risen substantially. Also, given the increases in the overall consumption of prescription opioids similar to those in the US, a substantial expansion of problems related to non-medical opioid use appears to be occurring in Canada. For example, recent major increases in the use of prescription opioids--rather than heroin--are documented for street drug users in Canadian cities. However, a comprehensive assessment of the problem of non-medical prescription opioid use is hindered by the spotty--or absent--nature of crucial indicators and data. We urge that the necessary efforts and resources for systematic assessment of the evolving phenomenon of non-medical opioid use and its key facets be established in Canada, and that policy-makers implement sensible intervention strategies targeting this problem within a public health framework, specifically avoiding unintended negative consequences (e.g., undermining access to pain treatment).

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