The Truth About America’s Oxy Epidemic

Submission Date: July 22, 2011
Attributing Author: Maia Szalavitz
Source: AlterNet

As the White House prepares to launch a billion-dollar anti-Oxy war, here are some crucial facts about who gets addicted—and why.

Egged on by the nation’s media, The Obama administration seems keen to start a full-fledged national panic over prescription painkillers. In April, the nation’s drug czar, flanked by the heads of the DEA and FDA, announced a major new law-enforcement initiative at a much-discussed press conference where he designated the widespread use of prescription painkillers like OxyContin an “epidemic” and a “crisis” comparable to crack in the ’80s and heroin in the ’70s.

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