I called this when they changed the formulation of Oxycontin – it was not going to stop users just make them switch to Heroin – Now they don’t know the dose of the drug when they use and are far more likely to overdoses. So now more Heroin is in the Suburbs. An 80mg Oxycontin was 80mg every time. I am not condoning Oxycontin use. But our thought process to fix problems don’t think past today’s headlines
*“The purity of the heroin varies widely, which law enforcement officers say is partly responsible for the increase in deaths, and bad batches have been reported throughout the region. Even an experienced user might not be prepared for the strength of a particular bag. And because heroin reaches the brain so quickly — and witnesses hesitate to call for help immediately — overdoses are often fatal”
We need to think our “War on Drugs “ through very carefully – it isn’t working and costing us a bundle.
First is to take some of that money and make it available to users who want but cannot afford good Treatment – unlike the rich who pay 70k a month just to feel better about themselves.
We are seeing the same problem in The Bay Area and San Francisco
* New York Tmes 7/19/2013