Home > Medical > Meds and you > News 30 November 2019 FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Prescribing death Oxycontin. Codeine. Fentanyl. All prescription drugs to which countless patients have become addicted. How did it happen? 0 The poison that's killing on a mass scale.Image credit: iStock Related articles Legalising medical marijuana won't ease opioid crisis Researchers emphasise that an increase in the opioid overdose death rate in US states that have legalised medical marijuana doesn't mean medical marijuana is spurring on opioid ODs. Opioid prescriptions to teens, young adults still common A study found that young Americans visiting emergency departments had a 15% chance of getting an opioid prescription. Opioid deaths linked to cocaine and meth Coke, meth and the like have recently become even more deadly as in many cases, deaths also involved the use of opioids, including super-potent drugs such as fentanyl.