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Pain Med Abuse up 400 Percent

The proportion of people checking into rehab who are addicted to prescription medications has increased 400 percent in the past decade, according to a study.

In 1998, 2.2 percent of people seeking treatment reported abusing prescription pain relievers. In 2008, nearly 10 percent reported abusing prescription drugs such as Vicodin, OxyContin or morphine.

ABC News reports:

“Researchers found that emergency room visits associated with prescription drug overdose more than doubled from 2004 to 2008 ... Despite its prevalence, prescription drug addiction is still a poorly understood issue in America”.

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