Thursday, July 29, 2010

OxyContin prescription drug abuse "a silent, growing problem" among youths

Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) July 27:

"Next to its tarry opiate cousin, 'hillbilly heroin' appears clean and trustworthy — pastel tablets neatly engraved with the dosage digits of modern medicine. But oxycodone packs a painkilling wallop with a strong addictive force. It hooked Rush Limbaugh, and these days it has gained a firm foothold in the youth party scene — with grim consequences...That false sense of pharmacological safety, experts say, has helped drive a pill-popping trend among teens and young adults that appears to be escalating. Emergency room visits for abuse of oxycodone products rose 152 percent from 2004 to 2008, with an even steeper increase among people younger than 21, according to a study released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration..."
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