Do you still have any of the OxyContin bottles, receipts or medication: OxyContin is the brand name of a drug that contains oxycodone - a very strong narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. When used properly, OxyContin contains a time-release mechanism that spreads the release of the drug over a 12-hour period. However, the time-release mechanism can be circumvented by crushing and chewing the tablet. This improper use causes a large amount of oxycodone to be released from the tablet all at once, potentially resulting in a dangerous or fatal drug overdose. OxyContin can help relieve severe pain in such cases as terminal cancer, but OxyContin is being abused by more and more people across the nation. The heroin-like effects of the drug also has caused problems for legitimate users who received the drug from a doctor.
OxyContin abuse is spreading for a variety of reasons. First, the elevated opiate dosage makes it highly addictive. Second, in contrast to drugs such as cocaine or heroin that can be laced with other substances, with OxyContin you know how much of the drug you are getting, and the dosage is consistent, so it is a dependable high. Finally, OxyContin is covered by most health insurance plans, so it is significantly cheaper than street drugs. (OxyContin has been referred to as "hillbilly heroin" or "the poor man's heroin.")
In addition to the above reasons, many people are concerned that increased abuse of the drug can be attributed to the manufacturer's aggressive promotion of the drug. Critics believe drug manufacturer and seller Purdue Pharma and Abbott Labs did not adequately warn doctors and patients about the highly addictive properties of the drug. Both companies deny these contentions.
Death, dependency and addiction have occurred as a result of the use of this drug. If you feel you qualify for damages or remedies that might be awarded in a future class action or other future mass legal action, please fill in our form on the right to submit your complaint.
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