Before drugs like Opana and Exalgo were the new drugs of choice for pain management clinics it was Roxicodone and before that the very popular drug of abuse OxyContin. It really seems like as soon as we get a handle on one drug distributed through pain management clinics; new drugs appear within the pain management clinics. Here is the story of how Opana and Exalgo became the new drugs of choice for pain management clinics.
The story behind Big Pharma and drugs like Opana and Exalgo for pain management clinics
In 2011, to try to curb abuse of the drug Oxycontin, manufacturers added additional binders to the formulation to prevent the grinding of tablets for insufflation or injection, and to maintain OxyContin’s extended release characteristics. The added binders greatly reduced the recreational value of OxyContin, because they were not easily broken down. Also, the bad press caused many doctors to stop prescribing it. Big Pharma responded to the decrease in OxyContin use with the release of Roxicodone (short-acting, immediate release form of oxycodone) and an even newer and more powerful prescription narcotic: Opana.
Officials are simply unable to pass legislation quickly enough to stem the tide of doctors writing illegitimate prescriptions and prescription drug manufacturers releasing new kinds of narcotic pain medication. And where are all these prescriptions written? Pain management clinics.
What are pain management clinics?
Pain management clinics are meant to be a branch of medicine that eases the suffering and improves the quality of life for those living in pain. Unfortunately many pain management clinics are merely fronts for drug dealing doctors. And the latest drugs that these pain management clinics are doling out are Opana and Exalgo.
What are Opana and Exalgo?
Opana and Exalgo are scientifically known as oxymorphone and hydromorphone. Essentially Opana and Exalgo are interchangeable and highly potent. Both, of course, are used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain and would be exactly why they are the new drug of choice for pain management clinics.
How do we know that Opana and Exalgo are the new drugs of choice for pain management clinics?
More and more stories are popping up across the country about people abusing Opana and Exalgo and how it is racing past the numbers of people who use Oxycontin and pain management clinics are the supplier. Pain management clinics pretty much are the distributor of such medications to people who don’t really need them. If you take a look at the clients who are in detox for opiates; more and more of them are admitting to Opana use whereas before it would have been OxyContin or Roxicodone.
According to an article by David Matthau from New Jersey 101.5 Steven Liga, the Executive Director of the Middlesex County Chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says Opana “is similar to OxyContin – except it’s twice as strong.”
He says for years addicts had been crushing OxyContin – and then snorting or injecting it to get high.
“Once OxyContin changed its formula so that you could not crush it – then get the full effect all at once, people started switching to Opana.”
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