Monday, August 23, 2004

From the Canadian Press:
Abuse of painkiller puts legitimate use in jeopardy: health group
Widespread publicity on the abuse of prescription drugs such as OxyContin could have devastating results for those who rely on the medication to control crippling pain, says the Canadian Pain Society.

The focus on the illegal use of oxycodone-based drugs is unfairly demonizing the drug, the Toronto-based society said in a news release issued Friday. "Certainly there have been cases of abuse of the drug. But we're worried about throwing the baby out with the bath water," said Gary Rollman, society president, in an interview.

From the Sacramento Bee:
New hurdle for Canadian drug import legislation
A senior Schwarzenegger administration official announced her opposition Thursday to pending state legislation that would help California residents buy prescription drugs from Canada, where price controls make medications up to 80 percent cheaper.

In a letter distributed to several key legislative leaders, Kim Belshé, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, said she opposed the efforts to facilitate Canadian drug purchases because the practice violates a federal ban on such imports.

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