Narconon knows the story all too well – people from all walks of life addicted to Oxycontin. This story is about one person from Kentucky who went from addict to dealer to mentor. While it is about Shawn Clusky, it could have been written about thousands more.
And if we don’t do something before 2013 the story will turn into the scariest nightmare that we can imagine. 2013 is the year when the patent runs out on Oxycontin and the generic brands hit the street. People like Shawn need to get very busy and get the word out now, while there perhaps is a bit of time. Here is his story.
“SHCAMP — Shawn Clusky has seen every side of Kentucky’s battle with pain pill addiction.
Clusky, who was raised in Pike County, first tried OxyContin at age 17 with his school buddies, shortly after the high-powered opioid painkiller went on the market.
In the late 1990s, it was easier to find OxyContin — pure oxycodone with a time release — in Kentucky. The pill’s maker, Purdue Pharma, was selling it “hand over fist” to doctors in Eastern Kentucky, Clusky said.
It was a drug that didn’t discriminate.
“A lot of times people believe a drug addict comes from poverty,” he said. Not true. “Nine out of 10 of the guys I partied with came from millionaire families; their parents didn’t use, they had good families.”
Clusky has been an abuser, a dealer, a patient and now a mentor helping others fight addiction. He knows all too well how the drug can destroy a life — and he knows that the war in Eastern Kentucky is still an enormous struggle 10 years after the issue exploded into public view following a series of high-profile drug busts.
No matter what steps authorities have taken in the last decade to clamp down on prescription drugs, criminals and addicts still find ways to get pills, and the drugs exact a toll in overdoses, deaths and ruined lives.
Narconon is working on getting the word out through drug education lectures and public service announcements. Enough effective education now, can mean saved lives in the future.
Narconon drug rehab is the best answer for those who are already addicted. We have gained quite a lot of experience in recent years in successfully treating what can sometimes be a complex problem.