Prescription Drug Abuse Resulting in More ER Visits


Between 2004 and 2008, abuse of prescription opioid drugs like Vicodin, OxyContin and Dilaudid has risen more than 111%.

The Study

The study examined data gathered from SAMHSA's Drug Abuse Warning Network, which looked at emergency room visits due to non-medical use of prescription drugs. According to the data, ER visits due to the misuse of opioid painkillers more than doubled from 2004 to 2008, with 2007-2008 alone seeing a 29% increase. Dilaudid abuse resulted in the greatest increase in ER visits, rising 259% over the 4-year study. ER visits due to OxyCodone abuse rose 152% and hydrocodone product abuse rose 123%.

Why Is This Important?

Prescription drug abuse and addiction is one of the most prevalent drug problems in the United States. Moreover, more than 71,000 children in the United States require emergency treatment for accidental poisoning from prescription and OTC drugs results every year. Overdoses and addiction to prescription drugs are so common for two main reasons--the drugs are readily available, and people falsely believe that prescription drugs are safe because doctors give them out. In reality, prescription drugs are controlled substances precisely because they can be dangerous and addictive. They also can serve important and legitimate health purposes, making them easily available and prone to abuse.

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The New Opium Epidemic
By Steve Hayes, Director of Novus Medical Detox Center

At Novus we see the ravages of prescription drug addiction. A large percentage of our patients are either dependent on (they have painful withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking the drug) or addicted to (they are dependent on the drugs but also crave the drugs) to prescription narcotics. The most prevalent narcotic is OxyContin.
We know that Purdue Pharma paid a $680 million fine and plead guilty to criminal charges of lying to doctors about OxyContin. However, there is still a strong effort by Purdue Pharma to market OxyContin but they still don't tell doctors or the public the truth.
Larry Golbom, a good friend to all who want the truth about prescription drugs revealed and the host of the Prescription Addiction Radio show, has written an excellent article about OxyContin and what it really is. This article is published at and the author and publisher have graciously allowed us to reprint the article.


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