Misuse of Painkillers in New York: Study

Misuse of Painkillers in New York: StudyPainkillers were the second most preferred thing for consumption after marijuana to the people of New York, as the study commenced by Department of Health states about the misuse of painkillers.

The study commenced by Department of Health, around 850,000 people above the age of 12 were found to be consuming marijuana in the years 2008 and 2009.

The other drugs that were found to be popular with the people was oxycodone and hydrocodone opioids, including OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet, which was consumed by263, 000 people. After opioids, the cocaine consumption was recorded in relation to 180,000 people. The fourth and the lowest stood the medicine benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety which is consumed by 90,000 people.

According to Thomas Farley, Commissioner in Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the study reflects the misuse of drugs in relation to the limit of dose prescribed by the medical practitioners. As per Bridget Brennan, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, "Considered just a minor problem a few years ago-especially when compared to the abuse of street drugs-misuse of prescription drugs like Fentanyl, Vicodin and oxycodone has hit New York City hard".

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