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OxyContin is the symbol for the prescription drug epidemic that is affecting every community in America. OxyContin and its active ingredient, oxycodone, has been implicated in tens of thousands of deaths since Purdue Pharma began producing and selling it in 1995.

Oxycodone is molecularly almost identical to heroin and its pharmacological results are similar. It is as addictive as heroin.

Heroin began as a widely promoted legal drug in 1898. Our forefathers took dramatic action against its damaging effects almost 100 years ago and The Bayer Company stopped manufacturing it in 1913. The active ingredient of OxyContin, after being heated in an oven, can be snorted, smoked and injected the same as heroin. The FDA is aware of this.

OxyContin was approved by the FDA with Purdue Pharma claiming then, and continuing to infer, that it's addiction potential is low.

In 2007, Purdue and three top executives of Purdue Pharma pled guilty in Virginia in relation to misleading the public about the addictive qualities and safety of OxyContin and paid fines totaling over $634 million.

But no Purdue Pharma executive went to jail and the FDA has allowed OxyContin to remain on the market.

OxyContin is available at any pharmacy. However, because of cost, many people start to substitute OxyContin for cheaper heroin that has become readily available in most communities. Millions of people have become addicted and personally destroyed since the introduction of OxyContin.

There are other products as effective as OxyContin to control pain, but no other legal opioid has the history of misrepresentation, abuse, death, and destruction of OxyContin.

OxyContin is a "virus" that started an epidemic of addiction and death that has now infected every community in America. It is time for the FDA to remove the symbol for the prescription drug and heroin epidemic, OxyContin, from the marketplace.

By signing this petition, you are requesting the FDA to immediately ban the distribution of OxyContin to new patients. You are asking the FDA to create a compassionate program to be put in place for the people who are presently taking OxyContin with a realistic time frame that will lead to the complete withdrawal of OxyContin. The compassion we feel for those in pain can be achieved without OxyContin.

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