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Prescription drug overdose main killer of teens

Posted by Oxy Watchdog on August 21, 2010

Once the number one killer of people under the age of 34, car crashes have been replaced by prescription drug abuse as the top cause of death among teens. As reported by the The News-Times, a recent study found the abuse of accessible opiates such as the painkiller oxycodone are luring young people in record numbers. Furthermore, addiction to the pricey narcotic drug leads them to seek out less expensive options such as heroin, with one addiction specialist telling the paper she has sent 30 of her patients under age 22 to in-patient treatment for opiate abuse. All of them, she said, started off using painkillers like Oxy but soon couldn’t afford the $80 per pill and switched to heroin, which costs about $10 a bag.

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2 Responses to “Prescription drug overdose main killer of teens”

  1. […] Posted by watchdog on September 19, 2010 A recent Canadian study on student drug use reveals that students use drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, Tylenol 3 and Demerol as early as seventh grade, reports CBCNews.com. The self-administered, anonymous survey for Ontario students grades 7-12, conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, shows drug use doubled from eight to ninth grade from 11 percent to 22 percent in 2009. School officials blame the ease of access to prescription drugs for the increase in abuse. Go here to read the complete study from CAMH. To read about prescription drug overdose among U.S. teens, go here. […]

  2. […] Read about the Oxy-to-heroin trend among teens here. […]

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