Hillbilly Heroin Addiction

It has made the headlines again, addiction to pain killers have taken yet another life. Hillbilly Heroin also known as Oxycodone is one of the most addictive drugs around. These drugs are way too easy to get. As simple as looking in your grandma's medicine cabinet you can find them anywhere. And it is not just oxycodones, it is your sleep medications and the muscle relaxers. Anxiety medications as well can be addicting. Often people don't even know they are falling into a deep trap.

Oxycodone is also known as Killers", "OC", "Oxy", "Oxycotton, and Hilly Billy Heroin

Side effects

  • Breathing irregularity or respiratory depression
  • Increased pressure of cerebral and spinal fluid
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Overdose death due to cardiac arrest or slowed breathing (especially when ingesting crushed OxyContin tablets)

 Oxycodone is an Opiate that is orignally was prescribed for pain.  It was first apporved by the FDA in 1995 and then introcuced in 1996 to the public.  Of course it sold extely well considering you could get hooked on the stuff.  Over the next 6 years 7.2 million prescriptions were written for the stuff.  It was in 2005 that the lawsuits began piling in.

Many celebrities have fallen victim to drug abuse. Celebrities include Nicole Ritchie, Winona Ryder, Matthew Perry, Charlie Sheen, Chevy Chase, Rush Limbaugh and Jamie Lee Curtis. Cindy McCain, wife of the former presidential candidate also suffered from pain medication addiction. Most all the individuals on this list have been able to kick their addiction. Jamie Lee Curtis sits on the board for the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Some celebrities have faced death due to their addictions. The beautiful Anna Nicole Smith and most recently the controversial Micheal Jackson.

As with Mental Health, Addiction has no boundaries race, gender or age does not matter.  I was surprised to see one of the terms being "pill Ladies " when checking out drug lingo.  It  refers to Senior Citizens who sell pills...

The street price of the Oxycontin pills average about a buck a milligram. I found a recent article describing a man who had possession of 700 80 mg pills. See below.

Drugs are an expensive problem in America.  We are up to spending 484 billion dollars a year treateing drug and alcohol problems

As drugs are becoming more prevalent the drug users are becoming more creative. An herb known as Salvia is being used as an hallucinogen. It can be chewed or smoked. It is not considered a controlled substance, there fore the Drug Enforcement Agency can do nothing about it. Data is being collected. Salvia can be found growing along the roadsides. It is not considered to be a party drug and can give one delusional epidoses up to thirty monutes.

The Facts

 The Substance Abuse  and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)  has a lot of data concerning  drug use and trends.

A new study released at the end of June 2009 revealed that  1 in 5 young adults experience addiction to alcohol and illecit drugs.  Only one in ten of these adults wil recieve treatment.  Less than a third of these adults made any attempt to seek treatment.  Young adults can be a difficult population to deal with.  In my experience they do not think they have a problem and using drugs is OK.

In the last year 1.3 milion emergency room visits were for misuse of pain killers.

in the year 2004 2.4 million people over the age of 12 initiated the use of oxycodone  for non medical reasons.

The misuse of prescription drugs is everywhere from cities to the country.  The link below shows a clip from " The Wonderful Wild Whites of West Virginia"  This film was created by Johnny Knoxville about Jesco the dancing Outlaw and his family.  I featured this clip here because the young adult in the film states " Hey do you want to hear the Boone County mating call?"  And he shakes a bottle of prescription drugs.  The clip below has some nudity and ignorance.  Do not watch if you get offended by either..  I think I will be doing my next hub on these folks...

Help is out there

As Always here are some links if you think you or a loved one has a problem with drugs of any kind.. Click on the links to find resources.

Comments 12 comments

Meridith 6 years ago


I'm writing / compiling a booklet describing the FDA-reported adverse events for the most popular prescription drugs - written in plain English. I feel that if people are presented with the real side effects and adverse events of these drugs in a way that is easily understood they would be less likely to endanger their own lives and the lives of those they love by taking drugs just because they have seen them on TV or been prescribed them by their doctor.

The booklet I'm working on is a compilation and organization of the top reported adverse events reported to the FDA in connection to the top 100 most prescribed and highest grossing prescription drugs.

In order to help market this book once completed I am trying to get as many people as possible to fill out a short survey. I've put it up on my website at PrescriptionDrugProblems.com. Those peple who fill out the survey will receive a free pre-release copy of this E-book as soon as it's done.

I was wondering if you could mention this on blog and do the survey yourself.

Thank you for your time.



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Adam80 6 years ago from Omaha, Nebraska

These drugs are powerful and can be helpful but often times doctors over prescibe them. After a horrible car accident I was given loads of hyrdocodones (vicodine); 2 large pills every 4 hours.

Eventually I couldn't tell when i was in pain from my injuries or from withdrawl of the drugs. All too often doctors just follow the recommended dosing charts (provided by the drug companies) and don't bother to follow up.

And yet marijuana is illegal. . .

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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Seamist thank you for your thoughts! I am glad it has helped you and sorry for your pain.

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seamist 6 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Oxycontin is not an evil drug in and of itself. The problem is that some people take the drug who do not have a prescription, they take to much of it, or they mix it with other drugs or alcohol or both. While I understand many people are upset from their children or loved ones dying from this drug, in most cases, if the drug had been used according to directions, their loved one would still be alive today.

I have five herniated and or ruptured discs in my back. The pain is excruciating without pain medication. I've already had one surgery, and the disc they did operate on has reruptured. I have been on Oxycontin for eight years now to control the pain. Although if you use the drug a long time like any other other opiate medication, you can become more tolerant to it, without it, my life would be a living hell. It has enabled to me live a more productive life as it has many others. People in chronic pain usually don't misuse their pain medications. Otherwise, they realize the prescription will be taken away, and the days of pain and misery will return. Research backs up that people with chronic pain usually don't become addicted to opiates. It is unfortunate that a drug that has helped so many people gets bad press because of people using it inappropriately. In fact, most people who are prescribed Oxycontin have to take periodic drug tests to make sure they are using it rather than selling it and to make sure they are not taking any other illegal drugs or legal drugs not prescribed. Good hub but the other side of the story needs to be told too.

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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv Author

yes Aqua, I agree. Working in the mental health field I see it every day. Thanks for stopping

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Aqua 7 years ago from California

I think most people would be shocked about the numbers of people addicted to prescription drugs. There are so many ways to get pills illegally that it's a real problem. Thanks for the very informative hub.

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Another great, informative hub. Sadly, today more and more people are in trouble with addictions.

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Wow! It's amazing how many are addicted to it. I know that it doesn't do much for me when they are prescribed, but I think I have a tolerance to them. Good thing. I would have to have to fight such a hard addiction.

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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv Author


I will probably be doing a hub on that video alone. I am just not sure I would further want to expliot the family....

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

If they legalized pot maybe folks would get off these deadly pills. Loved the video. That was awesome.

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johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

Liked your hub, but I'm up to here with drugs and drug talk. Drugs kill, herbs don't. We should have stuck with herbs a long time ago; but the money wasn't in it and people don't have the patience. Quick fix, sadly, is the name of todays game.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago

These are sad facts really. Are we becoming addicts by the help and support of medical agencies and factories now? Thanks for the enlightment.

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