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Addiction to Prescription Opiates and Heroin Addressed by New Resource
Date:12/12/2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit working to find evidence-based solutions to adolescent substance use, today launched a comprehensive new digital resource that helps parents better understand the potential life-saving benefits of medication-assisted treatment. The advanced online tool is comprised of videos, testimonials and an e-book to help parents make an informed choice when they are looking for treatment options to help a teen or young adult recover from an addiction to prescription pain medications, heroin or other opiates.

Prescription (Rx) drug abuse continues to be one of the nation's most concerning drug problems and one that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention classifies as "an epidemic." Abuse of Rx medicines, and abuse of long-acting prescription opioids in particular, remains at unacceptably high levels among teens and young adults across the country.

In 2012, nearly one million Americans, ages 12-25, were abusing or dependent on prescription pain relievers (primarily) or heroin. Many of these individuals, or their families, are unaware that medication assisted treatment can be a powerful tool in achieving sustained recovery from opioid addiction – and especially in avoiding the drift from pain reliever addiction into heroin use that the CDC has recently documented.

With heroin use in the U.S. on the rise, and overdose deaths due to prescription and illegal opiates at record levels, it is essential that those struggling with opioid addiction, their parents, families and healthcare providers, be made aware of the availability of these potentially lifesaving medications.

"Abuse of prescription pain products is arguably the most urgent public health issue facing families today, and we're particularly concerned because this behavior frequently
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