In the news release, Underage Kids Get Hydrocodone Drugs Easily from Family & Friends, Advises New York Center for Living, issued
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Underage Kids Get Hydrocodone Drugs Easily from Family & Friends, Advises New York Center for Living
Jan. 28, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Sunday's front page of The New York Times New York edition headlined, "F.D.A. Likely to Add Limits on Painkillers," and reported that an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration voted 19 to 10 to recommend increased restrictions on hydrocodone products, the country's most widely used narcotic painkillers. Painkillers now take the lives of more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined, and since 2008, drug-induced deaths have outstripped those from traffic accidents. Prescription drugs account for about three-quarters of all drug overdose deaths in
the United States
, with the number of deaths from painkillers quadrupling since 1999, according to federal data.
Addiction expert, Dr.
, Executive Director and Director of Clinical Services of The New York Center for Living says, "The relative ease with which teens are able to access the hydrocodone drug makes it prone to misuse and abuse. Many teens have easy access to the unused prescriptions of family members for opiate medication. Even if no one in your family has an opiate prescription, old or new, their friends may be sharing what they find at home."
Hydrocodone is the active ingredient in prescribed drugs like Vicodin. Percocet, Percodan and Oxycontin contain oxycodone, another potentially addictive opioid. Teens may use slang references to these drugs such as oxys, hillbilly heroin, OCs, Percs, happy pills and more.