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 Article From News Channel 8
June 26, 2002

OxyContin Controversy in Florida
by Irene Maher

Florida is about to limit access to the powerful pain medication OxyContin, by tightening regulations for Medicaid patients taking the drug. The federal government reports that OxyContin played a role in more than 100 deaths since it was approved in 1995.
Experts agree, abusers who tamper with the tablet, and then take it incorrectly, put themselves at tremendous risk to get a huge dose of medication that can stop their breathing and be fatal. But, when used properly, OxyContin is described as a miracle drug for people who suffer from chronic pain.
74 year old Ed Madonia could hardly walk a few months ago, and had to give up his volunteer work, the result of severe bone disease. Then he got into a pain management program run by Lynne Carr Columbus, D.O. Columbus in Palm Harbor. She prescribed 20 milligrams of the narcotic pain medication, OxyContin, twice a day.
---Ed Madonia, Chronic Pain Patient: "To me it's been a miracle, it really has."---
OxyContin is an extended release pill, designed to give patients a small dose of pain medicine every hour for 12-to-18 hours.. it's usually taken twice a day, rather than every four to six hours with shorter acting narcotics.
---Lynne Carr Columbus, D.O. Columbus, Pain Management Specialist: "So this gives them a smoother
more controlled pain relief, patients who are on extended release narcotics also don't get a high when they take these medications, patients who are on the shorter acting narcotics do tend to get a high."---
She calls it an important drug in the arsenal for helping people in chronic pain, cancer patients for example and those who suffer from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal which causes pain the back and legs. That was 67 year old Bert Savage's problem, until 8 months ago, when he started on OxyContin.
---Bert Savage, Chronic Pain Patient: "So I've gone from relatively crippled to being able to function."---
That's why he's worried about the state limiting access because of what seems to be a relatively small number of OxyContin abusers.
---Bert Savage: "I am concerned about it Irene, because a lot of people, good people who are suffering are going to be deprived of a good medicine."---

Lynne Carr Columbus, D.O. monitors OxyContin patients closely, and they must agree to follow certain rules for use of narcotics, including random drug testing. To learn more about this medication, click on "oxycontin" on the links we mentioned page of
Lynne Carr Columbus, D.O. can be reached at Gulf Coast Pain Management,

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