Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Painkiller Abuse Continues to Increase

According to a new report, the use of prescription painkillers has increased dramatically particularly among men between the ages of 18 and 49.  

Among individuals taking prescription painkillers for nonmedical purposes on more than 200 days in the year, there was a 74 percent increase in the number of people taking them between 2002 and 2010. The use of these painkillers has increased by 105 percent just by the use of men. 

There were over 15,000 fatalities in 2009 due to overdosing on drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone according to an article from MedPage Today.  

As more adults are taking prescribed painkillers for nonmedical purposes, the study did reveal that those between the ages of 12 and 17 have shown a decrease in usage.  

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