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16 July 2010

400% increase in painkiller abuse

Substance abuse treatment admissions for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers have increased more than 400% over 10 years, according to a new government study.

Substance abuse treatment admissions for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers have increased more than 400% over 10 years, according to a new government study.

"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," she added.

The study

 

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