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U.S. Tackles the Deadly Drug Problem of Painkillers

The White House is cracking down on the deadly drug problem of prescription painkiller abuse. These highly addictive painkillers are taking a greater toll of American lives than cocaine and heroin combined.

The U.S. government has announced a strategy to combat the misuse of opioids such as oxycodone. The aim is to reduce abuse by 15% in the next five years. Emergency room admissions due to prescription drug overdose topped 1.2 million in 2009, double from 2004.

Florida is the epicenter of prescription drugs where 85% of oxycodone pills are prescribed. Many people from other parts of the U.S. travel to Florida just to obtain this deadly and addictive prescription drug.

Actually, OxyContin and other painkillers are meant to help with chronic pain. But, abusers simply crush the tablets, and inject or sniff them to get a heroin-like euphoria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that deaths due to overdose of painkillers totaled greater than 11,000 in the year 2007, up from fewer than 4,000 in the year 2000.

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