Looks like Oxies are soaring in popularity these days. Statistics coming from the United States report that recreational prescription drug use is surpassing even Marijuana use. OxyContin is the name brand for Oxycodone, a commonly prescribed, highly addictive analgestic medication. On the street they are usually called Oxies, or sometimes Hilbilly Heroine, although I don’t think people who use it would ever consider themselves Hilbillies.
Last years HotDocs festival featured the documentary CottonLand, a stunning exposition on the increasingly higher rate of Oxy addiction in rural Cape Bretton. This is definately a new trend that is sweeping across North America.