Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Addicts turning to pain patches

From the National Post:
Despite triggering a growing list of overdose deaths, powerful pain-control patches have become a rare but highly sought-after narcotic on some Canadian streets, a new study indicates.

Resourceful addicts have even devised ingenious ways to defeat safety features added recently to the Fentanyl patches, researchers discovered.

"This is bad news in many ways and ... I don't think anybody has a clear idea what to do about it," said Dr. Benedikt Fischer of the B.C. Centre for Addictions Research, one of the authors of the study. "This is a killer drug out there, in many ways."

Known by the brand-name Duragesic, the patches are prescribed primarily for treating chronic pain of cancer patients and others. More than 600,000 prescriptions were sold in Canada last year, according to IMS Health. ...more

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