Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse from a Police Officer’s Perspective

Prescription drug abuse as seen through the eyes of a current police officer.  Not only does the article has some good tips and safety precautions, but it also provides a unique perspective on the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug use and Health show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over whom used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically. The same survey found that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or the Internet.

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