Archive for December, 2009

  • Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet

    Yarmouth, Masachusetts police created "Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet" to help eradicate the problem of teens getting ahold of left over prescription medications. Yarmouth police Detective Chris Kent explained that prescription drugs such as Percocet, Valium, Vicodin, Xanax and Dilaudid are in high demand on the streets and among teenagers. ADHD drugs Ritalin and Adderall are also popular among teens.

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  • One in Ten Teens Abuse Vicodin

    Surveys indicate that nearly one in 10 high-school seniors reported past year non-medical use of the painkiller Vicodin, but methamphetamine use dropped. The series of classroom surveys of 46,097 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, also found that declines in teen marijuana use have stalled.

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  • Prescription-Drug-Impaired Driver to be Sentenced for Fatal Crash

    A 22-year-old man convicted of killing a 14-year-old bicyclist while texting and driving under the influence of two different prescription drugs could get 10 years in prison when he is sentenced today.

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  • More People in Florida Dying from Prescription Drugs than Illicit Ones

    In Florida, a statewide report on drug-related deaths shows that the number of fatalities from prescription drugs continues to surpass those caused by illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.