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A New Threat to Pain Relief‏ June 23, 2010 10:48 PM

ER Visits Soaring for Prescription Painkiller Misuse

Abuse of OxyContin, Vicodin and the like keeps rising, U.S. government report shows

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 June 23, 2010 10:48 PM

Delany believes doctors must discuss the proper use of these painkillers with their patients. Pharmacists are also key educators and can tell patients how to dispose of the unused portion of a prescription, he said.

The problem of drug misuse also takes its toll on children. Earlier this month a CDC report found that one in five high school students in the United States has taken a prescription medication that was not prescribed for them.

And last August the CDC reported that the leading cause of accidental poisonings among American children can be found in the family medicine cabinet.

Each year in the United States, more than 71,000 children aged 18 and younger are seen in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, according to the report

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