“The non-medical use of prescription pain-relievers is now the second most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the nation, and its tragic consequences are seen in substance abuse treatment centers and hospital emergency departments throughout our nation” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “This public health threat demands that we follow the President’s National Drug Control Strategy’s call for an all out effort to raise awareness of this risk and the critical importance of properly using, storing, and disposing of these powerful drugs.”Click here to accessthe SAMHSA news release. Click here to access the full report.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Fourfold increase in abuse of prescription narcotics in last decade
From the SAMHSA news release: