The Use and Misuse of OxyContin

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The Use and Misuse of OxyContin

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Pacheco, Richard J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-07T02:07:27Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.citation The Use and Misuse of OxyContin (2002 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8846740
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the phenomenon of OxyContin abuse over the past two years. The prescription painkiller has been hailed as both a wonder drug and a killer. Both descriptions are accurate. The trouble is not with the pill itself but rather the environment into which it was released. The medical community lacked the experience with pain and addiction necessary to prescribe the powerful drug appropriately. As OxyContin was released in 1995, neither its manufacturer nor governmental agencies did anything to remedy these circumstances or protect against the eventual outcome. After nearly four successful years on the market, ubiquitous reports of addiction and overdoses filled the headlines. While in many ways the extent of the problem has been overstated by the media, that one exists is undeniable. Distinct from the concurrent growth of prescription drug abuse in general, OxyContin abuse has been particularly devastating to those individuals and areas affected. The best solutions focus on deterring and combating abuse and diversion, while ensuring access to the drug for the millions who benefit from it. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject drugs en
dc.subject abuse en
dc.subject painkillers en
dc.subject Oxycontin en
dc.subject regulation en
dc.title The Use and Misuse of OxyContin en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-06-07T02:07:27Z

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