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I read the front page of the Boston Globe today and there was an article about this drug -- the article was written with quite a slant against the drug. Of the entire article, one paragraph alone listed the benefits that pain management specialists are finding with this drug because of its unique time-release properties. The remainder of the article attacked the cases of abuse.

Since 3 states seem to be the prime focal point of pharmacy robberies -- why are they attributing dangers to the drug instead of the socio-environment of the 3 prime states in which these abuse crimes are taking place? If the drug itself were any more horrific than any other pain management drug, the targets would not be just these 3 states.

I realize that other states have had episodes.... other states have also had abuse of heroin, marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, morphine too.... all of these have "addiction" potential, yet it still falls into the hands of the patient and the doctor to be educated and responsible.

So why is this medication being singled out and black balled --- especially more-so than any other narcotic based pain reliever?

And why don't these same people who feel very self-righteous in wanting to dictate how other people handle the quality of their lives when managing chronic pain --- why aren't these smoking guns also attacking other drugs too? I mean, if they feel this strongly, why are they being so selective?

Where are the supporters of chronic pain management in all of this, and why aren't their sides getting at least equal press on the issue?

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The point in specific that bothers me about this one medication is that it was designed to prevent the very type of narcotic abuse that concerned doctors.

Demerol, morphine, cocaine, heroin,.... these drugs can all be abused, and oxycontin was designed with a delay release so that the factor leading to abuse would be removed, providing pain relief without those same concerns as the other medications.

So the headlines come from the abuse, not from the people who are helped by it and taking it responsibly.

The headlines are the pharmacies getting ripped off, not the people who are helped by it and who are able to resume a normal, responsible life.

The headlines are how people destroy the medication, take it differently, take excessive amounts, and are not even prescribed it, not the people who who are helped by it, monitored by their doctor and are living proof that this medication works.

The stories are twisted, and both sides are not presented.

I've seen more damage done by people abusing alcohol they can get at the corner market,... why is this such a heated and mixed topic when it seems so clearly cut?

(Not to get off topic but I think the media is just as guilty when it comes to showing their biased views when writing about other topics as well).

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