Addicts Get Painkillers from Near and Dear

A new study reveals that only 20% of painkiller abusers obtain their drugs from doctors. A whopping 69% get these drugs from non-medical sources, says the study published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The researchers examined data from an annual survey on drug use. They found that most painkiller addicts got their drugs from dealers, family and friends. In fact, 77% of youngsters obtained their painkillers only from non-medical people.

The study also found that most painkiller addicts do not get addicted after using drugs prescribed by doctors. 80% of Oxycontin abusers were found to have used cocaine previously. The researchers suggest that the focus of health experts should be on reducing the supply of painkillers from non-medical sources to addicts.

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