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New street drug seeping into Montreal

The head of a drug abuse program is warning that a prescription painkiller blamed for deaths and drug addiction in Eastern Canada and the U.S. is making its way into the hands of Montreal drug dealers.


She said it has become a popular way to get high in some circles, and the trend worries Peter Vamos, the executive director of Montreal’s Portage program.

He said that OxyContin is seeping onto Montreal streets in unusual ways.

“We have heard of cases where finanically challenged older people will sell their prescriptions because the prescription is worth quite a bit of money as a street drug,” said Vamos.

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