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Mississippi’s Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

Two people are sitting in a car right outside a local business.  They are not just talking: they are doing an illicit drug transaction.  One of the guys in that car is a doctor and he is giving the other a prescription for a pain killer.

Doctors are running “pill mills” in Mississippi.  This is another name for illegal prescription drug trade.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem; in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic.

The looming threat was discussed at a conference brought together by agency heads with law enforcement officials, nurses, doctors and others.  They all want to coordinate efforts.  They are not trying to prohibit anyone from pain medicine if it is legitimate.

Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show a third of all people over the age of 12 who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using prescription drugs nonmedically.

It is reported that in July alone in Mississippi there were 536,630 prescriptions for controlled substance filled for more than 31 million pills.  Among these were Adderall, Oxycodone/Oxycontin, Percodan and Percocet just to name a few.

Mississippi drug rehab programs are full of prescription drug abusers.

Addiction stops here.  Call our toll free hotline at 1-800-473-0930.  Narconon Riverbend has been serving Mississippi residents for years.  We are known throughout the nation for our effective drug abuse rehab and rehabilitation.  We have helped thousands of families.  We can help yours.

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