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Prescription Drug Abuse Is On The Rise

Fatal overdoses have increased more than 300% over the last ten years overall in Indiana, partly due to high levels of prescription drug abuse by youth.

According to a 2008 study, about six and a half million Americans abuse prescription drugs each month… and misuse of prescription drugs contributes widely to the approximately 24,000 unintentional, fatal drug poisonings that take place in the U.S. every year. Here in Indiana, fatal overdoses have increased more than 300% over the last ten years overall. Abuse levels of prescription drugs for Indiana youth continues to exceed the national average.

This week on Noon Edition, we sat down with Dennis Wichern, Assistant Special Agent at Indiana’s Drug Enforcement Agency, along with representatives from the Indiana Prevention Resource Center and Centerstone, the addictions treatment center. We discussed the problem of prescription drug abuse and talked about what Indiana government and nonprofit agencies are doing to address it.

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  • Morpheus

    It’s interesting how easy it is for some people to get access to opioids, but others can’t.  My mother is being treated for cancer and not getting adequate pain relief even though she is being treated in a teaching hospital.  5mg of Oxycodone isn’t doing the job.  When my grandmother was dying of pancreatic cancer in a hospital in Vincennes some years back, the doctor wouldn’t prescribe adequate pain relief so she wouldn’t “become addicted.”  

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