Problem with Oxycontin

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Suffering from chronic pain is a burden. With the help of medication, the burden is not as bad. Introduced in 1995, the pharmaceutical drug OxyContin was a breakthrough for pain management. OxyContin’s ability to subdue pain produced by chronic illnesses is very effective. For many, OxyContin showed an increased level of activity and drastic decline of pain. Others have done poorly. OxyContin is a narcotic with effects similar to morphine. As with any narcotic, the body tends to build a tolerance leading to physical dependency (Feinburg 2-3). However, Purdue Pharma still denies OxyContin to be addictive. Its introduction has been a great economic success for Purdue Pharma and now accounts for eighty percent of the company’s total business (Goode and Inciardi 2). Because it has become popular with drug abusers, OxyContin has received a lot of unwanted attention by the media. As of March 1, 2007, prescription drug abuse will exceed other forms of illegal narcotics used worldwide (Kole 1). The pharmaceutical drug OxyContin is developed to be a very potent pain reliever used by patients with chronic illnesses, although, many users have developed extreme problems caused by the drug’s highly addictive nature. Purdue Pharma claims itself a pioneer researcher on a principal cause of human suffering: persistent pain. Purdue is dedicated to providing for the needs of patients with innovative prescription medicines. Partners Against America was founded in 1993 by Purdue Pharma to “raise awareness of the importance of pain management” (1). This organization, along with other alliances: (patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers) collaborate among each other to advance the standards of pain care through education and advocacy (Partners Against Pain website 1). Purdue Pharma has spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing new forms of analgesics that are resistant to

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