The push to have OxyContin banned in North America has had great success over the last couple of years, especially in Canada where lobbyists have managed have distribution of the drug made illegal forcing doctors to prescribe an alternative known as OxyNeo. Supporters of the ban say that they support because this new alternative is safer as a chemical has been added to the medication which causes the drug to turn into a hard gellatin when cooked by I.V. drug users. The intended effect is to prevent people from abusing the drug and stem the opiate epidemic which has plagued the country since the which has been on the rise since the 1980s. This is all well and good, but unfortunately a number of unforseen complications have arisen since the ban was put into effect. First of all, as the supply of OxyContin has begun to dry up there has been a string of overdoses related to people who have either been hording supplies of the drug or turning to alternatives such as the theft and use of Fentanyl, a powerful transdermal medication applied through a patch for absorbtion over the day. Next there has been the people who have decided to take this as an opportunity to kick the habit but do not have adequate medical attention in order to safely withdrawal from the drug. Opiate addicts are known to experience very dangerous seizures as they detox and are extremely vulnerable in this state. Most major cities have only a handful of beds available medically supervised detox which means that the system has now been flooded with requests. Whats worse is that since most of the addicts who are making this request didnt actually want to get off drugs in the first place, they will in advertantly fall back into the same pattern of using shortly after completing detox. Wasting resources on a person who may be better suited to harm reduction support. Finally, you inadvertantly have another large population who will decide to use OxyNeo the same way as OxyContin despite its gellatinus state. These people wind up in the hospital with vascular damage which can result in a number of complications with fatal consequences. This is not for lack of intelligence, but rather an act of desperation by people who are sick and terrified of dying from withdrawal. This has been a painful lesson for many medical staff and health advocates which were originally in support of the ban. Now history threatens to repeat itself in the United States.