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OxyContin is the symbol for the growing 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.

OxyContin is molecularly almost identical to and acts in the body in the same manner as heroin.

Heroin began as a widely promoted, legal drug in the United States that was similarly touted as having few addiction risks. The Bayer company stopped manufacturing it in 1913 and our forefathers took dramatic action against its damaging effects almost 100 years ago.

OxyContin is available at any pharmacy, and has become the preferred substitute for heroin on our streets with many tens of thousands now addicted.

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.

There are other products as effective as OxyContin at controlling 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 newest substitute for heroin, 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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