Online pharmacies play significant role in painkiller abuse

Illegal online pharmacies contribute to the ever-growing prescription drug abuse problem in the U.S., reports this article from New York Daily News. A new study shows that states with the largest expansion of high-speed Internet access also had the greatest increase in admissions for treatment of prescription drug abuse. According to the article, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Southern California believe Internet expansion partially explains the boom in abuse of painkillers like OxyContin from 2000 to 2007, the study’s time frame.

About Dana Owens

Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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