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Drug Use On The Decline Among US Youth

ates of non-medical use of prescription medications, especially opioid painkillers.

For example, in 2005, 9.5% of Class 12 students reported using Vicodin (a painkiller) in the past year, and 5.5% of them reported using OxyContin (a painkiller) in the past year.

Long-term trends show a significant increase in the abuse of OxyContin from 2002 to 2005 among Class 12 students. Also of concern is the significant increase in the use of sedatives/barbiturates among 12th graders since 2001, the report says.

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