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Crimes Related to OxyContin:
Most illegal drug use involves criminal
activity apart from the illegal possession and For additional information related to the contents of this
brochure, please contact the Office of Attorney General
sale of the drug. When OxyContin is illegally
Education & Outreach Unit.
diverted, related crimes can include:
Armed robbery Truth & Choices
Burglary The Ofﬁce of Attorney General has created this
Shoplifting in drug stores new anti-drug program to introduce middle
Health care fraud and high school students to Shane. A popular
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Insurance fraud Shane shares this true story of hard choices
Obtaining illegal prescriptions and near death experiences due to drugs and
alcohol. The presentation features interviews
with Shane (from prison), his family, law
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a reality check for all students and will open a
OxyContin is known on the streets as: unique dialogue about the realities of substance
OXY abuse. There is also a program for parents.
Both programs are available on DVD and can
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OXYCOTTON To order a copy of the DVD and/or to request a
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milligram. The retail cost of a 100-tablet bottle or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may have heard news reports What is OxyContin?
about a prescription drug called
OxyContin. Although OxyContin is OxyContin is an opiate derivative available Effects:
by prescription and is used to treat moderate
a highly effective drug for treating
to severe pain, especially the chronic pain When chewed, snorted, or injected,
patients with chronic or severe pain, associated with debilitating conditions and OxyContin produces a high similar to that
it is being illegally obtained and diseases like cancer. It comes in tablet form of heroin and can be just as dangerous
sold on the streets of Pennsylvania. and has a time-release effect that gives relief and addictive. OxyContin suppresses the
When this drug is abused, it can over a 12-hour time period. When used as respiratory system. If used with alcohol or
cause serious problems - severe prescribed, OxyContin helps cancer patients other depressants, it can be deadly. If the
and chronic pain sufferers manage their pain abuser goes to sleep, his respiration can
respiratory depression, addiction
and add quality to their lives. decrease until breathing actually stops.
and even death.
OxyContin’s active ingredient - oxycodone Withdrawal from OxyContin is similar to
OxyContin is illegally diverted or - has effects similar to heroin, making it more withdrawal from other opiates.
stolen from doctors, pharmacists attractive to some drug abusers. Normally, the
and hospitals by individuals who OxyContin tablet would be swallowed whole.
But people abusing it will chew on the tablet,
want to abuse it or sell it on the
crush it and snort the powder, or even dissolve
street for proﬁt. Drug addicts will the powder in water and inject the solution. Nausea/Vomiting
steal or forge prescriptions and even Crushing the tablet destroys the time-release Sweating
rob pharmacies to get this drug. properties of the drug, making the effects
We all need to work together
to prevent the illegal use of
OxyContin is usually prescribed in 10 Diarrhea
mg, 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg tablets. Many
OxyContin and the crimes related people mistakenly believe that medicines in
to its diversion. Please take a few pill or tablet form are less dangerous than
minutes to read this pamphlet. street drugs. The stigma of using needles,
Educating ourselves against the buying from dealers in unsavory places and
dangers of illegal drug use is the other perceived dangers are not associated with
abusing legal drugs obtained from a legitimate
ﬁrst step toward preventing abuse
source. But OxyContin is a potent pain
and drug-related crime. reliever and, if not taken as directed under the
supervision of a doctor, serious problems can