Monthly Archives: July 2010

Prescription pill abuse up by 400%: study

Rehab admissions for abuse of prescription medications like OxyContin have increased by a whopping 400 percent between 1998 and 2008, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration says in a new study. The non-medical use of prescription pain relievers is now the second most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the nation, the study found.

Read the full study here.

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OxyWatchdog Memory Wall

OxyWatchdog has started a Memory Wall remembering those who have died due to OxyContin and heroin addiction. If you would like your loved one to be included, please email a picture in .jpg format, as well as a brief description, to oxywatchdog@gmail.com.

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Priced out, Calif. Oxy users turn to heroin

The rise in abuse of OxyContin in California may be contributing to a resurgence in heroin use among youths statewide, a California drug enforcement agent says, according to this article by the Contra Costa Times. At one treatment Center in Contra Costa County, about 50 patients are under treatment for Oxy addiction at a given time, the article says.

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Pill-related overdoses skyrocket in Fla.

Prescription drug-related deaths in Florida spiked by 20 percent in Florida last year over 2008, according to a new report released by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, the Epoch Times reports. Prescription drugs contributed to more than 8,600 deaths in Florida in 2009, up from 6,200 reported in 2008, the article says. The four leading deadly substances were heroin, methadone, oxycodone, and fentanyl, and the leading cause of death continues to be heroin which contributed to 85% of drug fatalities, according to the article.

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