Beating the Drum — More on OxyWorld


Beating the Drum

More on the Oxy World

'Unfortunately, our medical system is about big business'

By Beverly Blanchard
True North Perspective
Beverly Blanchard is an Ojibway First Nation from Northern Ontario.  She holds a degree in Economics. During the last twenty-two years, she has worked as a consultant to First Nation and Inuit organizations in a variety of disciplines including: homelessness, suicide prevention, violence prevention, childcare, HIV/AIDS, women’s issues, business planning, and economic development. She has also designed and delivered Aboriginal awareness and stress management workshops to Federal government employees. Currently, Ms Blanchard is a life strategy coach, author and energy healer in Ottawa.

02 March 2012 — I decided to do a little more research on this whole OxyContin issue. So I started my search on the message/discussion boards. Why not listen to what the users were saying? I mean they are the ones that are affected by this change. Besides earlier this week, mainstream media had become silent on the topic.

The on-line forums are filled with a mixture of discussions on the subject of prescription drugs. In the discussions, I am amazed at the plethora of prescription drugs out there in the marketplace. There are perocets, fentanyl, roxy, meth, morphine or...there is quite an extensive list of options. There are those that make suggestions about what drugs to try and how to use them. There are even suggestions on how to ask your doctor.

Mixed in with those discussing their need to use OxyContin to manage their pain, there are the abusers of OxyContin. They share the forum and their information. At times, this brings about some nasty name calling.

Since OxyNEO has already been introduced in the United States, there are those that offer their advice and suggestions regarding this new formulation. Those using it in the prescribed fashion for pain management find it the same. Others find it just doesn’t work as well as OxyContin. There are those who believe the formula has been altered. Others who say it is the same formula and even includes the cancer causing agent BHT.

For those who are looking to snort OxyNEO, there is disappointment. Snorting it is out. Apparently, with heat it does become a jelly-like substance that Purdue claims, and according to one poster it isn’t nice to have to pick this gel out of your nose. Others provide suggestions on how to separate OxyNEO. It is amazing the many uses of the beverage coke and a microwave.

Well this brought me to watching documentaries on OxyContin users. Once again thanks to the Internet, there is a wide variety of oxycontin documentaries on YouTube. Watching them puts a face to the OxyContin addiction. You realize how easy it is to get addicted to OxyContin. You also realize how easy it is to get the drugs on the street or from your doctor.

On Wednesday mainstream media finally came out with an interesting article, OxyContin's removal could cause whole new set of problems by Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News. Somewhat a misleading title but the article had a different slant. It was also substantiating what we knew with statistics.

In 2010, Canadian pharmacies filled just over 17 million prescriptions for opioid analgesics.  Out of these 17 million approximately 1,618,000 were for OxyContin. So there were two million filled for OxyContin. Clearly this indicates that the problem is not just a First Nations problem. In addition, clearly there are other opioids being prescribed. So what are the other 15 million opioid analgesics prescriptions?

Off I went on a search to find out what opioid analgesics were. From a medical definition website Opioids for Chronic Pain: OxyContin, Vicodin, and More I discover there are a number of different opioid pills. There are the generic brands: fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, and oxycodene.

At Opioid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I discover even more types of opioids. Some of which I remember seeing on the discussion boards. Disallow one type of opioids and as the people on the discussion boards point out, there are other drugs available.

Not only producing some interesting statistics, Kirkey’s article highlights a rather sad point about the medical profession. It is something that has been known to those of us who follow alterative medicines. Medical professionals are educated by pharmaceutical sales people. Yes it is the sales people who tell the medical professionals how and when to use the drugs.

But the whole blame can’t be placed on our medical professionals. There is another problem which no one wants to address. Our medical system is not about health or healing. It is not about prevention. Our medical system is about big business.

Big business creates the syndromes and creates and markets the remedies. Watch any advertisement on television dealing with a pharmaceutical. Ever notice that the narrator always says in a very concerned voice, “If you have these symptoms, ask your doctor about this drug.”

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