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National Drug Intelligence Center
District of Columbia Drug Threat Assessment Update
Pharmaceuticals such as OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, methadone, and hydrocodone increasingly are diverted and abused in D.C. The abuse of OxyContin is increasing, especially among heroin addicts. Diverted pharmaceuticals are obtained through diversion techniques including prescription fraud, improper prescribing practices, and doctor shopping--a practice in which individuals visit various doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions. Diverted OxyContin sold for $18 to $40 per 40-milligram tablet and $50 to $80 per 80-milligram tablet in the fourth quarter of FY2002, according to the DEA Washington Division.
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