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  1. Docta
    For the past week I have been visiting various infamous corners of Kings Cross and Redfern trying to buy ''Oxies'', aka oxycodone, Oxycontin, OxyNorm, ''hillbilly heroin'' or, as the media would have you believe, our ''newest drug scourge''.

    Oxy is a semi-synthetic opioid highly sought by heroin addicts because it delivers a much better bang for your buck than the big H, manufactured as it is by multinational pharmaceutical companies. You know what you're getting: the dose, quality and purity is guaranteed, so there are no nasty surprises for the experienced user.

    Long story short, however, there's been none about. Naught.

    ''It's dried up,'' said one dealer who declined to be further ''interviewed'' once I told him I wrote for this newspaper. I'll admit my scoring technique was a bit rusty and I looked far too clean to be a junkie. Dealers were suspicious and my timing was out when I first went a-hunting, about 10pm.

    ''Only fasts now. Slows in the morning, down the station. All the Oxy boys are asleep now,

    one dealer said with a laugh.

    By fasts he meant meth and ecstasy, but I didn't think I'd be able to slip those on my expense form for a column about Oxy. So I tried the next morning and the only dealer who claimed to be ''holding'' asked if I was a cop, then wanted to see my track (needle) marks.

    ''I only snort it,'' I said.
    ''Exactly what a cop would say,'' he replied.
    ''You don't f---in' have any [Oxies] anyhow,'' the man's girlfriend said to her partner. ''No one does. Just f--- off, mate.''

    Another friend suggested faking track marks with a pin and non-metallic purple eye shadow to mimic bruising, but even this ploy didn't help me the next day.

    ''They're crackin' down, there's just nothing. I can get you hammer [heroin] and meth down the road,'' another dealer said, impressed by my bedraggled appearance and tracks. I declined.

    What I did bring home with me, however, was a sense of the power government and law enforcement's intervention can have over the supply of legal drugs on the street.

    Because the Oxy cat is out of the bag, so to speak, metropolitan doctors and pharmacists are much more suspicious about prescribing and dispensing it to patients.
    ''They also know they're being scrutinised,'' NSW Drug Squad head Nick Bingham says.

    Thanks to the National Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse Strategy Committee, about 50 doctors are being monitored because of their largesse with said prescriptions.

    However, Bingham admits: ''Police don't particularly want to have to target prescription opiates when there are other important things to tackle, such as organised crime.''

    The sad fact about the Oxy crackdown is users are now being forced back to heroin and meth, manufactured and cut under far less exacting standards than those at a pharmaceutical laboratory. The consequence is some of our nation's most vulnerable and damaged citizens are being pushed back into the Russian roulette of shooting what's rightly known as junk.

    Ain't life grand at the bottom?

    June 30, 2013
    Sam de Brito
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nature-abhors-a-drugs-vacuum-20130629-2p3j2.html

Comments

  1. babalooj
    LMAO,
    I find this article hilarious, i can totally imagine this guy, wandering around the hood like an idiot, looking for drugs, with no such experience. Of course, no drugs are to be found! At least he admits it somewhat, but i don't like how he sees his experience as evidence that law enforcement/legal efforts are actually working.
    While i admit that it is much harder to find oxy lately, buying off randoms in the street never gets anyone what they want (plus is dangerous), oxy is still definitely around, but most people keep it to themselves and their close groups,
    nobody wants to sell it/give it out.
    But, yeah, this guy is quite clueless when it comes to the drug scene, so it is no wonder he found no oxy
  2. Großschmackhaft
    How can you say that legal efforts are not working and at the same time state that the supply of oxycontin has been reduced to the inner circles of opioid users? Makes no sense. Since oxycontin is only produced as prescription medication, it is obvious that the authorities' supply reduction efforts have a much greater effect on it than they could ever have on street drugs that are produced clandestinely.

    He found dealers willing to sell him heroin and meth. If the efforts to restrict ocycontin abuse were ineffectual, those guys would be selling it as well. I imagine the majority of people who acquired oxycontin illegally were already opioid users/addicts, so it is debatable if the restrictions have the desired effect, still there can be no doubt about their efficaciousness.
  3. Alfa
    Seems to me that law enforcement is doing an effective job of reducing oxycodone availability, so that some opiate will need to turn to heroin. Seems effective to me. Just not very wise in regard to public health.
  4. Beenthere2Hippie
    Docta-

    This is a marvelous tale and I enjoyed it tremendously; I'll save it as a classic. Hope your pin and purple eye-shadow markings are fading--hah! Over-the-top truths are always the best.

    Take care~
  5. headfull0fstars
    This whole article is redunkulous, but ^this^ part stood out to me. Heroin is much cheaper than oxy and delivers MUCH more *bang* for your buck. Speaking as a heroin addict I would only get oxy if that was the only option and even then I would end up spending triple the amount I would on dope and it would hardly even take my dopesickness away.

    It is super hilarious to imagine some dude with no clue about the drug scene trying to dress up like he thinks a junkie would dress and make fake track marks with makeup and wander around the ghetto trying to score. Then when no one sells to him he takes it as confirmation that the war on drugs is being won and that oxy is no longer available.
  6. SIR KIT
    Yea I agree. Oxy is like the cocaine of opiates in terms of price.
  7. Docta
    [imgr=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=33806&stc=1&d=1372749427[/imgr]Like the rest of you I didn't quite know what to make of this article when I first read it, it took a couple of minutes for me to stop imagining a situation like Chevy Chase in the movie Fletch doing a full on disguise to fit in with the local drug users. (see image) After a reread or two I took the article to be more a commentary on media sensationalism.

    ''newest drug scourge'' how meany times have we heard that out one wheeled out every time they wont to sell papers? Well in this case the author decides to go down to the "HooD" as babalooj so eloquently puts it and see whats actually available on the street. Low and behold there is no Oxy destroying the lives of vulnerable youth, no its just the same old Heroin and Meth just like last week, just like last year. I found it refreshing to see journalist not basing there story on a government media release and instead going out on the street to see what the street in buying because that's what the dealers are selling.

    I just like the way this dude has gone out open minded with the intention of forming an opinion. The fact that it would be so funny to see this guy getting around trying to pass himself off as a user is only a bonus that adds to the whimsical flavor of what became a story with important undertones of pubic health and media hype.
  8. DOG-CHOPPER
    Top find DOCTA .

    The best place to find oxys is at the hospital so ive been told.

    Its amazing what us old blokes give away for an interesting magazine.
  9. Alien Sex Fiend
    said one dealer who declined to be further interviewed once I told him I wrote for this newspaper. lucky he didn't get smacked on the ear for telling this. this is oxy/horse trade he is not scoring a dime of pot. lol a wannabe junkie walks around the hood with pyrple eye shadow on his arms telling random people assuming their are dealers that he is with a newspaper and looking for a fix. if i watched this in a movie i wouldn't have believed this shit. its like how in Spun investigators raid the trailer with a videogamer methhead and his his naked obese mom thinking they r doing a meth lab bust... couldn't he just hire a junkie promising to come pay for his fix later when he gets it? its not like he would do that oxy himself on fri night. at least getting a real junkie to get a fix to share with an upclass citizen sounds somewhat more believable for your random dealer.
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