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Posted on September 24, 2015 in Drug Addiction

6 Reasons Why Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Good for Every American

Saturday, Sept. 26, marks the 10th anniversary of “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” an annual initiative organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency to curb America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. That’s when, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., police departments and sheriff’s offices across Texas will join in a massive, nationwide drive to collect the unused, expired and potentially dangerous prescription medications in your medicine cabinet, no questions asked.

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OxyContin and Teens: The Cold Hard Facts

Posted on February 22, 2015 in Teen Drug Addiction

OxyContin and Teens: The Cold Hard Facts

It may be hard to believe, given that we are talking about a legal prescription drug, but oxycodone is one of the most addictive substances on Earth. This narcotic opioid painkiller, sold primarily under the brand name OxyContin, is in the same class of drugs as heroin, and its biological impact is quite similar. If used with caution and as prescribed, OxyContin can be taken safely in most instances, but when the drug is misused, the results can be disastrous and even life-threatening.

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Posted on March 18, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Teens Who Abuse Prescriptions Likely to Use other Drugs

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in the U.S. today. The biggest offender is the class of pain killers called opioids. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy states that from 1997 to 2007 the amount of these drugs used per person in the country rose from 74 to 369 milligrams on average. During the same period, the number of people addicted to oxycodone, one type of opioid painkiller, also rose. It is the second most commonly abused substance in the country after alcohol. The number of people killed by prescription drug abuse surpasses those who die from illegal substances.

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