Pill addiction progress in Maine prompts rise in heroin abuse

While Maine is seeing some progress in terms of curbing prescription drug abuse, substance abuse specialists in the state say there has been a sharp uptick in heroin addiction.

The trend coincides with the imposition of state-mandated limits on the use of the most effective treatment drugs, according to this article.

It also mirrors national figures: misuse of prescription drugs has dropped about 15 percent nationally since 2010, while heroin use has doubled since 2007, according to a recent report by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Between 2006 and 2010, the number of oxycodone prescriptions written in Maine went up by 50 percent, and the state is among those with the highest rise in prescription painkiller abuse in recent years.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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