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Mental health matters: Opiates: Misuse and abuse

March 3, 2012
The Marietta Times

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 20 percent of United States citizens have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. While drugs prescribed as sedatives or tranquilizers, such as Xanax or Valium, and stimulants, such as Adderall or Ritalin, are of great concern, the misuse of opioids has become an epidemic in parts of Ohio, including Southeast Ohio. Opioids, also called opiates, are prescribed for pain relief and include such drugs as Vicodin, Percocet, Methadone, Darvocet, Lortab and Oxycontin. Unfortunately, these medicines can easily and unknowingly create a physical dependency.



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