Thursday, July 14, 2005

A prescription for trouble

This is interesting.

The number of Americans who admit abusing prescription drugs nearly doubled to over 15 million from 1992 to 2003, with abuse among teens tripling, according to a new study released on Thursday.

The report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University suggested that more Americans were abusing controlled prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin combined.

..."New abuse of prescription opioids among teens is up an astounding 542 percent," Califano said. "The explosion in the prescription of addictive opioids, depressants and stimulants has, for many children, made the medicine cabinet a greater temptation and threat than the illegal street drug dealer, as some parents have become unwitting and passive pushers."
Disturbing statistics that prove the war on some drugs has failed. These numbers show you can't stop drug consumption. For all the billions spent on trying to do so, the only practical result is the drug of choice keeps changing. Unfortunately, I fear the DEA will use this study to justify escalating their war on pain management doctors.

[via Preston Peet]


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