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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Houston area tops Texas in prescriptions for 'heroin high' drug cocktai

    HOUSTON – A Texas Department of Public Safety tracking system shows that Harris County doctors rank at the top of the list in writing prescriptions for three highly addictive drugs that officials say give users a "heroin high" when taken together.

    Over a 15-month period ending in March, one Houston doctor wrote more than 43,000 prescriptions for the drugs, the Houston Chronicle said. That doctor is one of six in Harris County topping the list of those writing the most prescriptions in Texas for the ingredients for the potent drug cocktail. Authorities have withheld the doctors' names.

    DPS records show the top six doctors had each written between 23,907 and 43,383 prescriptions for the three drugs during that 15-month period.

    After a new state monitoring law took effect 20 months ago, pharmacies were required to report to the state all prescriptions that doctors write for those controlled substances.

    Investigators are using those records to look at pain management clinics writing frequent prescriptions for the cocktail.

    Dr. C.M. Schade, a former president of the Texas Pain Society, said he knows of no legitimate medical reason for a doctor to prescribe all three together.

    "It's a red flag that can be seen across the country," he told the newspaper.

    The three drugs include: hydrocodone, a narcotic known by brand names such as Vicodin ; alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug known as Xanax; and carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant known as Soma.

    Authorities say that in Houston, customers can often be seen lining up around the block at such clinics.

    "Sometimes they hire security officers to handle the crowd. I'm not kidding," said Schade, who said such clinics can easily earn $1 million to $3 million a year.

    Louisiana adopted stringent laws from 2007 to 2009 to regulate and monitor pain clinics there.

    U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Wendell Campbell said that's when Louisiana customers, many times by the van load, started coming into Texas for the drugs.

    Records show customers are also coming from states including Arkansas and Mississippi.

    "You can find one of these pain clinics in a strip center in five minutes," said Tommy Hastings, a Houston attorney representing the families of four people who died of drug overdoses after going to Houston-area pain clinics.

    Since Texas began monitoring prescriptions, five Houston doctors have been accused of conspiring to illegally distribute controlled substances at a dozen area clinics.

    One of them, Dr. Christina Clardy, had dispensed more than 3.5 million tablets of Vicodin, Xanax and Soma in one year.

    Investigators allege that Clardy was paid thousands of dollars a month for pre-signed prescription pads used by operators of two clinics. Both clinics where she served as medical director – one in Humble, the other in Houston – have since been shut down.

    Clardy's attorney, Chris Downey, told the newspaper she looks forward to proving her innocence.

    Schade said that a new state law taking effect in September will help cut down on the pain clinics that are churning out prescriptions for the drugs.

    The law will require that clinics be certified by the Texas Medical Board if 50 percent of their patients get prescriptions for controlled substances. It also requires the clinics to be owned by a Texas doctor who must be on the premises for at least a third of the facility's operating hours.

    12:00 AM CDT on Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    The Associated Press



  1. coolhandluke
    swim doesn't think hydrocodone, alprazolam and soma's sound like heroin very much. swims never personally taken soma's but has taken other muscle rexalers. neither has he heard of the pain clinics in texas but knows about the pain clinics in Florida.
  2. HabitualCriminal
    So do any swimmers think this combo sounds close or have tried it, swim is keen to know if the herion high is similar to this combo?
  3. dyingtomorrow
    Hydrocodone, benzos and soma = heroin high? Gimme a fucking break.

    That is just a propaganda phrase they cooked up to scare people.
  4. rokman nash
    The only thing close to Heroin Dave has got on a scipt from a doc is Diluadid and Oxycontin. He has taken Vicodin, Soma, and Xanax together and can say(in his opinion) that its apples and oranges.

    Good Thoughts:thumbsup:
  5. semaj
    agreed, not close, sounds more like a sleepy combo to swim. the people i know can contest to the ease of getting this type of prescription from certain types of drs in the houston area.
  6. squeezix
    They got it wrong, I'm sure they wrote Hydrocodone when they meant Oxycodone. No-One's lining up at a pill mill for Vicodin. This is big business and has offset the Heroin trade in Florida. As a friend of a user of both I will say Heroin is the superior high, but Oxycodone comes in as a close second, especially the warmth after an IV dose..... SWIM does not take Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) it does not get SWIM high, but does give significant CNS effects, a dangerous situation.
  7. plainavy
    SWIM mentioned the US administration's and law enforcement's new propaganda interest in stopping this big prescription drug "threat." SWIM said "People have died from 'legal' drug cocktails of Soma, Vicodin, and Xanax, and too many doctors write scrips for these pharmaceuticals without good screening of patients.

    Some of the attention is because of patients unused to much drug use getting prescriptions like these in their 40s and 50s, getting addicted and using larger doses than they should, hoarding pills, doubling up on doctors, driving under the influence because they "don't feel drunk" and then causing accidents, etc. Maybe problems with these sorts of typically well-heeled, moneyed folks make the news seem more novel.

    Unfortunately, the slide from legitimate pain relief for ruptured disks, etc., to enjoying the sedation and euphoria-lite of these cocktails captures some patients' interest in a big way. And then the slide to abuse occurs. SWIM read about a lady who died kneeling next to her bed. She had dozens of full, recent, prescription bottles for these sorts of drugs in her house.
  8. vellocet
    Swim lives by Houston, there are a Lot of script Dr's here. Squeezix, people are lining up and in DROVES. Of course this combination of pills (sometimes called a happy meal) does not have effects even remotely similar to heroin.
  9. Estereal
    The "authorities" know people are getting a fix off these pills and thats what the real problem is despite the fact any knowledgeable person knows this is nothing close to heroin. The word, "heroin", is only used as an attention grabbing and scare/shock tactic.
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