From Therapeutics Daily:
Retail sales of five leading painkillers nearly doubled over an eight-year period, reflecting a surge in use by patients nationwide who are living in a world of pain, according to a new Associated Press analysis of federal drug prescription data.
Oxycodone, the chemical used in OxyContin, is responsible for most of the increase. Oxycodone use jumped nearly six-fold between 1997 and 2005. The drug gained notoriety as “hillbilly heroin,” often bought and sold illegally in Appalachia. But its highest rates of sale now occur in places such as suburban St. Louis and Fort Lauderdale.
“What we’re seeing now is the rest of the nation catching up to where we were,” said Robert Walker, a researcher at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.
The world of pain extends beyond big cities and involves more than oxycodone
Pink Floyd weren’t exactly hillbillies, but they knew a thing or two about medication long before Purdue Pharma figured it out
August 21, 2007
There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what your sayin