Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pain Pill Abuse Fastest Growing Drug Problem in United States

My Fox New York (New York, NY) July 19:

"The percent of Americans abusing prescription pain pills jumped 400 percent in the past decade, making it the fastest-growing drug problem in the nation, according to new findings published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Monday. Calling pain pills a major threat to public health, the report stated that while only 2.2 percent of adults and adolescents abused pills like OxyContin in 1998, that number rose to 9.8 percent a decade later. In some places, prescription drugs are rapidly overtaking other drugs as the biggest killers. Last week, KIRO-FM radio in Seattle reported that more people in Washington state are killed from prescription drug abuse than by all other illegal drugs combined..."
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