Thursday, March 04, 2010

Oxycodone boom hits Manitoba

From CNews:
A few years ago people were worried crystal meth would invade Manitoba the way it did some U.S. states, which became ridden with addicts, fatal overdoses and clandestine labs.

It didn’t happen to that extent, thankfully.

But a different drug has creeped in without the hoopla and warnings, and is quickly becoming an abused drug of choice, especially for middle-class Manitobans.

The oxycodone boom is here.

Law enforcement and support workers say the continuous busts by police and rising number of addicts seeking treatment or overdosing on the highly-addictive prescription painkillers are proof, and they’re worried things will get worse if more isn’t done to educate people about the risks and signs. ...more

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