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Study: Prescription Pain Pill Abuse Up 400%

Researchers Say Increases Seen Across All Sectors of Society
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Experts say public health officials should work with the pharmaceutical industry and families to curb this trend. They also say doctors should be educated about the prevalence of prescription painkiller abuse and should discuss prescription misuse with their patients and educate them about the risks related to dependence.

The National Drug Control Policy also recently introduced a strategy to reduce painkiller abuse by cracking down on rogue treatment clinics, “pill mills,” and other illegal sources of prescription drugs that contribute to medication trafficking.

“These findings should serve as exclamation points to punctuate what we already know -- abuse of prescription drugs is our country’s fastest-growing drug problem, the source of which lurks far too often in our home medicine cabinets,” says R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy, in a news release.  “Reducing prescription drug abuse is a top priority of this Administration’s 2010 National Drug Control Strategy and requires collaboration across the medical, prevention, treatment, and enforcement communities.”

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