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Rural US Continues to Deal with Prescription Medication Misuse Epidemic
Date:8/12/2013

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) August 12, 2013

In Southwest Virginia, a recent prescription drug trafficking bust, reported in the Roanoke Times on August 5th, has revealed yet another chapter of the ongoing issues that many parts of the rural United States continue to deal with. State monitoring programs have become more savvy in recent months, but so too have traffickers, who continue to import prescription pain medication from India, Pakistan, China, and Mexico.

In West Virginia, the ongoing problem with prescription pain medications like OxyContin was recently documented in the film Oxyana. The film depicts rural life in Oceana, West Virginia, tarnished by prescription medication misuse. A 2010 national survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that the total costs of pain medication abuse and addiction add up to $400 million in the US, each year.

“The opioid and prescription pain medication issue has become a major health and safety concern in for far too many Americans,” said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. “Some people start treating the pain associated with a traumatic injury with OxyContin, unaware of the strong possibility of addiction that the substance carries with it. At Passages we focus on healing the underlying conditions that cause people to use drugs and alcohol. Once the underlying conditions are healed, sobriety comes easily because they are no longer being driven to the drug. We continually stress the point that just becaus
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