(NaturalNews) Prescription drug abuse is a pandemic problem in the United States today, with more than five million Americans now addicted to painkiller drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone), the infamous opioid pill that alters brain and nervous system function. But according to a recent survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), OxyContin and other prescription pain medications are pushing more and more abusers, many of whom are children, to switch to deadly street drugs like heroin.
It should no longer be any kind of secret that OxyContin has been, and continues to be, a popular drug of choice for drug abusers seeking an easy "high." In many areas, OxyContin prescriptions resold on the black market can fetch upwards of $80 a pill, or a whopping $8,000 for a single, 100-pill bottle. (http://money.cnn.com)
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