Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes – PsychCentral.com

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Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes

New research using a rat model suggests even brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavior in a person even after use of the medication ends.

Investigators believe use of oxycodone may result in a “cognitive hangover” that can lead to enduring brain changes that (more…)

Burglars Raid Pharmacies For Oxycodone – NBC Bay Area

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A string of pharmacy robberies across the Bay Area for coveted prescription drugs – especially the opiate, oxycodone – is causing police agencies and drugstore owners to be concerned.

One of the most recent burglaries was this weekend in Fremont at Haller’s Pharmacy and Medical Supply, Fremont police said. That’s when two armed men took a bottle of oxycodone with a (more…)

‘New age heroin’ deaths spark painkiller debate – NEWS.com.au

OxyContin, or “hillbilly heroin”, is a prescription painkiller. And experts it’s killing people, too. Source: news.com.au

A NEWS.COM.AU report on the rise in prescription opiate overdoses today sparked fierce debate among readers who have used the drugs.

We revealed this morning the biggest spike in opiate overdoses since the heroin epidemic of the 1990s is underway. It’s fuelled by an increase (more…)