'For the hundreds of thousands of people addicted to both legal and illegal narcotics, the future is grim. Those trying to free themselves from addiction typically face great physical and psychological pain within hours of discontinuing the drug.
While there are support groups for addicts trying to kick their habit, symptoms of withdrawal can be so overwhelming that attempts to discontinue the drug often end in failure.
What’s worse – once the doctor’s prescription for legal narcotic painkillers runs out, patients will often turn to the black market for their pain pills, and when that runs dry the next step is heroin. (In fact, the street slang for OxyContin is “hillbilly heroin”.) And the spiral downward from there is truly horrific.'