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“Hillbilly heroin” replacement raises new problems
safe because the oxycodone is released slowly
It will be harder to get hold of without
OxyNeo has officials worried
into the bloodstream as it dissolves. But the
a proper doctor’s note and not so easy to
oxycodone is not combined with
use and abuse as the prescription pain
acetaminophen so if Oxycontin is crushed
killer it is designed to replace. But
Dr. Roumeliotis, who is one of the
into a power or melted into a liquid and then
when a prescription is presented for
OxyNEO may not be the quick-fix to the
swallowed then all the oxycodone goes into
Oxycontin or other opioid drugs.
Oxycontin epidemic of addiction that
noted that one of the group’s goals was
the bloodstream at once. Overdosing is easy
Doctors are also more aware now of the
creates headaches for health officials and
when taking Oxycontin this way. OxyNEO
potential for abuse and are more careful
police in this region and elsewhere.
Oxycontin or other similar opiates to deal
is designed so that the tablet is difficult, if not
with their Oxycontin prescriptions.
The chief medical officer for the Eastern
with one tactic that both addicts and
impossible, to crush. Attempts to melt it or
But Dr. Roumeliotis noted a new
Ontario Health Unit is pleased to see
pushers use to create stockpiles. They
dissolve it for injection will create a sticky gel
problem may arise as OxyNEO replaces
OxyNEO become available to doctors with
would get a prescription for Oxycontin
instead. Addicts used to Oxycontin are
Oxycontin on the shelves and access to
patients in chronic constant pain. But Dr.
already posting reports on the Internet about
their “hillbilly heroin” supply becomes
Paul Roumeliotis foresees a potential
drugstores to fill. Several people might
their attempts and failures at trying to get the
more and more limited for addicts.
problem as OxyNEO replaces Oxycontin
even make use of a single prescription
same rush from OxyNEO. Several years ago
Methadone programs exist to help heroin
on prescription drug counter shelves.
order. “Now it (prescription orders) is
a regional task force was created in Eastern
addicts wean themselves off that drug but
“And I’m not the only one with the
more difficult,” Dr. Roumeliotis said.
Ontario to address the issue of Oxycontin use
nothing exists yet to help Oxycontin
concern,” Dr. Roumeliotis said during a
New provincial health ministry rules
and abuse. The arrival of OxyNEO may not
require proper identification be shown
mean the task force’s job is finished.
Dr. Roumeliotis said.
The new drug is meant to replace
Oxycontin as an easy-to-use time-release
prescription pain medication so that
people in chronic pain do not have to take
Construction values dip to $14 million
a lot of pills. Another reason for OxyNEO’s
arrival on prescription shelves is that
Oxycontin has become very popular with
drug addicts and a big part of organized
37 while the value of new homes was
repairs worth $1.7 million were approved.
crime’s drug supply business.
$3,474,000, compared to $3,966,000 in
Its street name is “hillbilly heroin”
projects with a value of $2,582,000.
because it is cheap and provides an intense
Some 158 renovation jobs worth
As for institutional projects, there were
Hawkesbury’s construction scene was
and sudden rush when it is crushed and
$1,882,450were carried out. The previous
six jobs worth $2 million. In 2010, the town
quieter in 2011 than it was in 2010 both in
swallowed. The active ingredient in
year, there were 152 renovation jobs
issued permits for 11 renovation projects,
terms of projects and dollar value.
Oxycontin is oxycodone, an opioid drug
with a value of $2,582,000.
In 2011, the town issued 236 permits for
like morphine, codeine, heroin and
In the commercial sector, two new
In 2009, the municipality issued 223
work with a total estimated value of
methadone. It is the same opiod that is in
buildings worth $2 million, were erected
permits for work with a total estimated
$14,078,150, according to figures compiled
Percocet, Oxycocet, and Endocet but the
while 46 renovation jobs valued at $2.8
value of $17,239,500.
oxycodone in those medications is
million were carried out. In 2010, there
In 2008, the town issued a total of 242
In 2010, the town issued 255 permits for
combined with acetaminophen, which
was one new $55,000 building
permits for projects with a total value of
work with a total estimated value of
prevents patients from taking too many of
constructed and 57 renovation jobs
$12,198,500. In 2007, the municipality
the pills because of the sick feeling they
valued at $1,920,350.
In the residential sector, the number of
In the industrial sector, there was no
at $10,592,600. In 2006, the town had issued
new dwelling units created rose from 35 to
When taken as prescribed Oxycontin is
new construction. Ten additions and
232 permits for work valued at $12,605,500.
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