The purpose of this site is to
bring awareness on how easy it is to overdose Oxycontin(Oxy's)
it's other ABUSE dangers and the dangers of Prescription Drug
in the memory of Eddie Bisch.
How To Battle Oxy Abuse
Currently oxycontin is approved for moderate-severe
pain. The sad truth is too many people are faking moderate
pain and selling the pills on the street. After all we would
NOT have these oxy related death's if the kids were not able
to buy oxy on the street. I believe Oxycontin needs to be
re-classified to SEVERE PAIN ONLY. In my opinion
this accomplishes two things. It would ensure the Chronic Pain
patients who had multiple operations and ailments could still
receive the drug that helps them BUT it will also drastically
cut down on the street supply.
return to my homepage and at the top read representative
Wolf's initiative and SUPPORT him by contacting your elected
was my testimony to PA reps and if you have any
suggestions please EMAIL me at [email protected]
PA House of Representatives Urban Affairs Committee
public hearing on Oxycontin
I would like to thank the members of the committee for
allowing my voice to be heard.
My name is Edward Bisch, On Presidents day of this
year. February 19, 2001 I received a call that all
parents DREAD and pray they NEVER receive.
Christi my 15 year old daughter could not wake her
brother 'Eddie' up.
That was the first day I ever heard the word OXYCONTIN.
I was shocked when a police officer came in the house
and said Oxycontin,'kids are dying left and right from
this"? I could NOT believe what I was hearing and
angrily yelled? WHY DID I NEVER HEAR OR WAS
WARNED ABOUT THIS DRUG?
>From that moment on I started to educate myself on
Oxycontin and warning as many people as I could about
the devastation of abusing it. My family and I quickly
decided to publicly AIR our dirty laundry about
Eddie's death to get the word out to as many people as
possible about OXYCONTIN ABUSE. We notified the MEDIA
and were more appalled when the Daily News reported
OXYCONTIN was also involved in 20
Philadelphia deaths within a three month period, but
no warning was given about this rising epidemic?
We called a community meeting and my sister called all
the media outlets in the City, to help us get the word
to the Philadelphia region about the DEADLY abuse of
this drug. The media responded that night and all the
TV, Newspaper and News radio stations reported on the
Previously unpublicized killer.
I myself personally started a CHAIN email to also help
warn people here and throughout the country. The email
then evolved into a website (oxyABUSEkills.com) and
now the website has evolved into a Nonprofit
organization called the PDAAP (Prescription Drug Abuse
Awareness & Prevention). All this is in loving
Memory of my son Eddie Bisch.
Needless to say this has devastated my family and
particularly Eddie's Mom who has had several
breakdowns trying to deal with this terrible and
I commend this board for helping US bring
awareness to this still rising problem.
Since Eddie's death most of my free time has been
spent either researching or working to spread the word
about OXY abuse. I have also talked to hundreds of
people all over the country through my website from
Government Agents, politicians, doctors, abusers,
reporters, informers, grieving relatives of other
victims, drug companies, cancer patients. and Chronic
pain patients. Oxyabusekills.com has had over 30,000
visitors. I also volunteer and talk at schools and
community groups about OXY abuse. If there is
such a thing, I would consider myself an UNWILLING
expert on OXY ABUSE.
I have learned that this is a complicated and history
making situation due to the fact that people in Severe
Chronic Pain really do need this drug and I am totally
against BANNING it. I have provided to the
committee an attachment as to what I feel contributed
to this still rising ABUSE epidemic But more
importantly is, NOW that it is being
acknowledged the question is how do we slow or stop
this ABUSE epidemic? Winning this battle is not
going to be easy, it will take the combined efforts of
the public, government, doctors, patients and
Manufacturer (Purdue Pharma) which has already started
some education programs.
I'd like to publicly suggest the following:
1) We need to identify and Prosecute doctor shoppers
and publicize this to let others know the FREE RIDE is
over. For too long Police have looked the other way or
have not allocated enough resources to stop this
crime. Computerized monitoring is the best way
to do this BUT we need to get this speedily
implemented and all 50 states need it.
2) It should NOT take 9 months to Arrest Crooked
Doctors or Pharmacists who have been identified.
Dr Paolino was able to put around 300,000 pills on the
street while under investigation? This delay should be
investigated and If this is the NORMAL system then
something needs to be changed to speed it up.
3) Training should be readily available and REQUIRED
for any doctor who writes prescriptions for oxycontin.
There are not enough Pain Management Specialist to
limit the prescribing to them but a shorter course
should be required for any doctor who writes a
prescription for this powerful pain killer.
4) Doctors should be legally required to explain
tolerance/dependence to people. I have received MANY
emails from legitimate patients who were not explained
anything except take twice daily, Many of these
legitimate patients eventually became abusers.
5) Legitimate patients who resell part of their
prescription need to be made aware that this is
DRUG DEALING, people are DYING and this NO LONGER will
be overlooked. This is another crime law enforcement
has overlooked for too long.
6) Treatment needs to be readily available so a person
who wants help can have it immediately. the deaths are
getting the headlines but there are MANY more
already addicted. If treatment is not available
then when the OXY supply does start to dry up, MANY
OXY abusers will turn to heroin.
7) Finally, Continue to educate everyone, especially
teens on the dangers of Abusing Prescription
Drugs. As you have heard in previous testimony that
Most OXY related deaths also involved other drugs
including alcohol and Eddie was part of this majority
as early the day before he died, he had abused another
prescription drug XANAX.
I realize it was Prescription Drug Abuse that killed
Eddie, but OXY is the straw that is breaking the
camel's back in most of these death's, not to mention
how many more are now addicted to it. Government
agencies have documented that PILL POPPING is rapidly
rising among teenagers. This is why we have
founded the PDAAP, to develop programs to educate the
teens on how DANGEROUS/ADDICTIVE it is to Abuse
pills. I somehow would like to be a
partner/volunteer to this committee and the state of
Pennsylvania to help educate the children to at least
give them a fighting chance. To properly warn them of
the consequences when they choose to abuse pills. This
is the 21'st century with 21'st century drugs and we
NEED 21'st century drug education programs.
Thank You and I will answer any questions now and
ANYONE at anytime can contact me through my website