Take The Oxycontin Express to Florida…
But Bring Your Own Bong!

In the US, more people are now abusing prescription medication than heroin, cocaine and ecstasy combined. Pharmaceuticals like OxyContin, Xanex, Hydrocodone, Demerol, Adderall and Robitussin (Robo’s) are the new hipster drugs.

Those who have personal experience of oxycodone (branded OxyContin) know that it is an extremely euphoric and addictive opioid, hence its nickname as ‘hillbilly heroin’.

But doctors in Florida prescribe oxycodone at five times the national average. Florida has 50 of the top 50 oxycodone prescribers in the country, and 35 of them are in Broward county.

It’s effectively legalised drug dealing, motivated by greed. Doctors have an incentive to prescribe these addictive pain killers. People from all over the country flock to Florida’s countless walk-in ‘pain clinics’, ready to pay cash, often $300 or more, for their fix.

Florida has deregulated to the point that one can doctor shop and get mega prescriptions for conditions that don’t even meet the requirements for minor pain medications. When the state does intervene, it locks up addicts who are selling their prescriptions – not the doctors who are over-prescribing to begin with. The pharmaceutical industry happily supplies these drugs in excessive amounts without question.

Vanguard, Current TV’s original documentary series, exposes the pill pipeline that extends from Florida up the Eastern Seaboard: The OxyContin Express. The show won a Peabody award for shedding light on this unspoken but lethal national pandemic.

But don’t worry, there’s new anti-drug legislation sitting on the governors desk to be signed, passed unanimously in the Florida Senate this past week. HB 187 has been nicknamed the ‘Bong Bill’, and will effectively ban the sale of bongs and other drug paraphernalia in the Sunshine State. Glad that Florida legislators have their priorities straight – they’re tough on drugs!

The new law will be effective July 1st, and violators could face a year in jail. From StoptheDrugWar.org:

“Under the bill, only shops where the sale of tobacco products and accessories constitute 75% of income, or shops where the sale of pipes and bongs constitutes less than 25% of income will be allowed to sell a long list of smoking devices. These include pipes of any material, water pipes, carburetion tubes and devices, chamber pipes, carburetor pipes, electric pipes, air-driven pipes, chillums, bongs, and ice pipes or chillers.”

The bill is sponsored by Representative Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg, Florida, who said earlier this month:

“I’ve been fighting the pipe industry for the longest, because it is all a part of the drug trade and the criminal enterprise that we know exists and destroys neighborhoods, families and order in our society.”

Damn those bong-buying hippies disturbing the neighborhoods of our good old American hillbilly heroin junkies!

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Comment from MarkSpizer - May 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

great post as usual!

Comment from SpaceCamp - May 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

a friend of mine from bowling green ky has had a 20 to 40 milligram habit, for over a year. In kentucky the drug is so popular that any pain pill fetches a dollar a miligram. She was just telling me about how she is going down to florida because there are docs that will give em out like candy and all you need is an x ray or some documented pain issue.,,.,basically meaning you dont need anything. She wanted to come back home and sell it all and make enough money to get out….

Comment from Jacob - May 4, 2010 at 7:32 am

Dollar a mg. Same where I’m from. It is surprising how widespread it is, until one remembers that this is the way the State leases out territory to pushers. The State only has a problem with it when you’re selling it.. So fuucked.

Great post; illumined argument. We need actual dialogue in this country, and within this realm, so thank you;)

Jacob

Comment from thedailytransmission - May 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Thanks Jacob! I agree, there is too little discourse on topics like this in America! <3

Comment from Riley - May 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

We have the same problem w/ Oxy and other pills here in Oklahoma…they seem to go after some of the Dr.’s here though, but there are entirely too many that are unethical…

Comment from Mary Reynolds - May 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm

If only more people could read this!

Comment from J - June 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

One mistake– Oxycodone and OxyContin are not the same thing. Oxycodone is the generic name for percocet (as Hyrdrocodone is the generic name for vicodin). Usually it has 5/10 mg of oxy and 500 mg of asprin. Oxycontin has no “filler” material.

Comment from J - June 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm
Comment from thedailytransmission - June 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Thanks for that J, I hadn’t realized. 🙂

Comment from JR - June 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm

oxcodone is vicodin, oxycodine is percocet. I have a bottle of each in front of me, Im a wounded vet.

Comment from JR - June 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

And those aren’t generic names(oxycodone/oxycodine) they are derivitives of opioids.

Comment from JR - June 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I meant Hydrocodine and hydrocodone.