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Friday, August 26, 2011

New York City Prescription Drug Problem

There is hardly a major city in this country that has not experienced a surge in illegal prescription drug use with the number E.R. visits continually on the rise. The New York City Department of Health has just released a survey that showed narcotic-related emergency room visits in New York City rose 40 percent between 2004 and 2009.

850,000 New Yorkers, or about 14 percent of the population over age 12, claimed to have used marijuana during 2008 and 2009. An estimated 263,000 used opioids, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Painkillers are now the second-most commonly used illegal drugs, behind marijuana, The Wall Street Journal reports. “What we’re seeing is a striking shift to prescription medications as the drugs of choice, in parallel with a national epidemic of prescription opioid overdose,” Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told the Wall Street Journal.

According to the survey, 5.5 percent of students in grades 7 to 12 reported using marijuana in the past 30 days; 4.7 percent said they used opioids in the past month. Numbers like that are pretty scary when you consider how close those numbers really are and it may only be a matter of time before opioid use surpasses marijuana. While marijuana is illegal, it's hardly as dangerous as prescription narcotics.

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