The prescription drug epidemic has crossed the border to the Great White North – Canada. So much so, that the company that makes Oxycontin will stop manufacturing the drug in Canada at the end of February. Another company, Purdue Pharma Canada will replace the drug with a new drug called OxyNEO, which is formulated to make abuse more difficult.
There is growing concern, however, that people who are already struggling with an addiction to Oxycontin, will find themselves struggling even more because their bodies cannot adjust to the new formulation of the drug. One Canadian addiction specialist believes that without comprehensive drug addiction treatment, a public health crisis in Canada is imminent.