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Oxycontin Abuse:
Maine's Newest Epidemic

January, 2002

Substance Abuse Services Commission

in conjunction with the

Maine Office of Substance Abuse

Table of Contents

Executive Summary................................................... 1

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What is Oxycontin?  ................................................. 2

The Substance Abuse Services Commission  ........... 2

Fact-finding Methods  .............................................. 4

History  ..................................................................... 4

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Where are we now?  ................................................. 8

Is Oxycontin different from other drugs?  ............. 11

Focus Group Discussions ....................................... 13

Conclusion and Recommendations ........................ 17

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Members & Focus Group Participants..... Appendix I

Substance Abuse Services Commission... Appendix II

Works Cited  .......................................... Appendix III

 

 

Many Thanks to:

                                    Heather Gidney

                                    Sharon Waycott

                                    Paul Waycott

                                    Nathan

                                    Luke

                                    And others who wish to remain anonymous

            For their generosity in sharing their personal stories and expertise.

 

For More Information Contact:

Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services
Office of Substance Abuse
AMHI Complex, Marquardt Bldg., 3rd Floor
#159 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0159
1-800-499-0027
or
(207) 287-8900
TTY:  1-800-215-7604
Fax:  (207) 287-8910
www.maine.gov/bds/osa
e-mail:  osa.ircosa@maine.gov

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