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OxyContin Crisis in Ohio, Maine and VermontMarianne Skolek Salem-News.com
Maine and Vermont top on Painkiller Addiction List in the Country!
(MYRTLE BEACH S.C.) - A new federal study says Maine and Vermont top the national list for treatment rates for painkiller addiction.
Citing figures from the report, the "Rutland, Vermont Herald" says treatment for painkiller addictions has increased nationwide. But it says the highest rates of growth were in the New England states. The study analyzed treatment center admissions between 1998 and 2008.
In early 2001, Jay McCloskey, former U.S. Attorney for Maine, sounded the alarm in the U.S. after witnessing the devastation of OxyContin addiction and death in his state.
I wrote about the former U.S. Attorney in December 2009 and his allegiance to the citizens of Maine and the OxyContin crisis to his -- abandoning the people of his state dying and becoming addicted to OxyContin -- and becoming a paid consultant for Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin -- after they marketed the drug as less likely to be addictive.
In recent years, former U.S. Attorney McCloskey was quoted as saying "The drug diversion problem was not caused by OxyContin and it will not be solved by going after OxyContin as a whipping boy." "Purdue Pharma was a responsible company," he said. "But they became the poster child of prescription drug abuse."
This was after Purdue Pharma and its top executives pleaded guilty to criminal charges in federal court and were fined $632 million for marketing OxyContin to physicians and patients as less likely to be addictive or abused -- as well as a settlement to his state of Maine in the amount of $719,000.
McCloskey was quoted in his defense of Purdue Pharma as saying "I have never heard any suggestion made by a Purdue Pharma executive, or any other Purdue Pharma employee for that matter, that OxyContin was less addictive, less subject to diversion and abuse, or less likely to cause tolerance or withdrawal than other opiates."
So let me ask you Mr. McCloskey -- since your state of Maine has the distinction of being the leader in OxyContin addiction in the country -- and you became "the poster child" in defense of the criminally convicted Purdue Pharma both morally and ethically -- to quote Sarah Palin "How's that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?" Financially I imagine quite well.
Ohio Declares a State of Emergency in OxyContin Addictions and Deaths!
In the Huffington Post, Andrew Welsh-Huggins writes that the blame for this national problem is not being placed on people abusing the painkillers, officials say. They blame at least eight area "pill mills" -- clinics or doctors that pass out prescription medications like OxyContin with little regard or conscience. At least two health care providers are facing criminal charges.
______________________________________Salem-News.com Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's who pled guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 7-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.
Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.
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