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Saturday, November 28, 2009 superbuzzer6688, Community Member, asks

Q: what to do if your medication is stolen?

On nov. 17 my doctor prescribed me 120 oxycodone 15 mg HCL to be taken 4 times a day. On Nov. 25 I thought i was going to my friends house to spend the night. I Had 88 of them left and i put 82 of them inside a baggy and placed them on-top of my T.V. in my room. I kept 6 of them in the bottle to take with me. Although I did not end up going to my friends house I forgot to put them all back in the bottle. Around 5:30 pm my childhood friend came over and stayed until about 7ish. I stayed up until 12 o'clock and when I finally went to bed I did notice they were still on my television. When I woke up the morning of Thanksgiving I went and got a cup of coffee and remebered to put them back in my bottle. I went in to my room to do so but they were gone. I got frantic and searched my entire room but came up with nothing. The only people that knew I had them were my mother, father, sister and her husband who all live here. Of course I asked them if they saw the pills but no one knew a thing. On friday Nov. 27th I called the state police to file a report. I filed the report, but now im out of all my medication and am in severe pain. I called the doctors office on friday the day before I filled out the report but my doctor is not in until monday (today is saturday) and the doctor that was there said he could not do anything until he spoke with MY doctor. My L4 is herniated causing sciatica in my left side and i also have a pinched nerve in my neck. I am in severe pain at this point and dont know what to do. Any advice on the situation would be great. Thank you to all
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Scooter, Community Member
11/29/09 12:59pm

It depends on your doctor. Some doctors won't replace them even if you didn't sign a contract. I hope your doctor will take pity on you and write you a new prescription. The problem is that some people lie about having them stolen. I hope your doctor trusts that you are telling the truth. Good luck. I feel bad for you.

Brian Persinger, Community Member
11/28/09 10:53pm

If you were prescribed oxycodone, you are made sign an agreement stating that you will keep these drugs locked up. Therefore you are totally responsible for these pills. I know because I had to sign one. They are not replaceable.

superbuzzer6688, Community Member
11/29/09 1:23am

    We'll actually I did'nt have to sign anything. I am not seeing a "Pain Managment" specialist, I see my regular physician until I can afford health insurance. He has all my MRI reports and all of my records from the accidents I've been in because I have used his office since I was born. Thank you for your response though =) 

michelle, Community Member
1/15/10 9:34am

You are a little harsh don't you think, its bad enough our doctors and pharmasists think we are drug seekers, we do not need it from you.


I have had prescriptions of oxycodone before and never signed a CONTRACT, never told to lock them up etc...


My answer to the first message would be to go to a local Emergency Room, explain your situation, they cannot prescribe the oxycodone that was stolen but perhaps a variant like norco 10/325, they are extremely similar, they will only prescribe enough for the weekend and your regular doctor will not rewrite the script but possibly give you a variant in a smaller quantity and you will need to refill more than once a month to prevent it from happening again.


It is sad if your family took them, in the future I would recommend locking them up for your own safety.....

LinLin, Community Member
11/29/09 10:01pm

I think that you should call you Dr and tell him what happened.

He or She may be able to help you

RocketGirl, Community Member
12/ 2/09 1:16am

I also see my Primary care for my meds and i had them stolen...they were also oxycontins..i have been seeing that same dr. for the entire length of time I have been on painkillers. she told me to a made a police report and my dr. replaced them without a problem.

michelle, Community Member
1/15/10 9:38am

she stated they were timed released oxycodone not oxycontin,


extremely different drugs oxycodone is a variant of codeine percocet a little stronger than vicodin.  Oxycontin is hydromorphine completely different drugs.

dosilerock, Community Member
3/19/10 1:42am

actually they are more similar than you stated the chemical makeup of the 2 are identical and they are almost identical in affect oxycontin is  time released where oxycodone is not. by the way to actually answer the question and not to badger the people responding the only thing that you can do is try a walk in clinic or try the e.r. and tell them you fell off a ladder but dont tell them you had a script stolen or your situation e.r.s hear these stories everyday and despies even the most honest individuals they will look at you like you are a drug addict and wont give you a thing be sure to tell them that youb used to be in a pain management and you have a high tolerance sometimes you have to fib a little because addicts lie a lot

shawny shawn, Community Member
1/21/13 12:55am

I think you might be mistaken there Michelle. And if your doctor told you this, that doctor needs to go back to school.

Mr. Know-it-All, Community Member
8/15/13 6:28pm

This is straight wrong. One thing i never understood is how someone can make statements like this so matter-of-factly when they are in fact, so wrong. Oxycontin is a brand name for a drug made by Purdue Pharma. This drug contains "OXYcodone" and is "CONTINous" release, hence the name "Oxycontin." Hydromorphine (actually its Hyrdomorphone) as you put it, is often sold under the brand name Dilaudid, maybe you have heard of it.  Think of it like this, it goes Codeine (T3s etc.)---> hyrdrocodone (Vicodine/Lortab/etc.)--->oxycodone (Percocet/Roxicodone/Oxycontin). And similiarly, Morphine (MS-Contin/etc.)---> hydromorphone (Diluadid)--->oxymorphone (Opana). I urge you, in the future, to check the facts before making senseless statement like the one here. I am not trying to belittle you but save you from possible embarrasment, and worse than that, spreading around false information (what has obv been done with you). Cheers!

shawny shawn, Community Member
1/21/13 12:58am

That is how it should be.

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By superbuzzer6688, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/27/14, First Published: 11/28/09