OxyContin Abuse Prompts New Drug Testing

Drug News

By COLLEEN MENSCHING – Staff Writer

“New drug-testing practices are one-way officials hope to learn more about what they believe is a growing problem in San Diego County —- abuse of oxycodone. The expensive, potentially addictive synthetic opiate is prescribed to treat pain but is abused for the heroinlike high it gives. While officials believe OxyContin is a dangerous drug —- one growing in popularity with young people in the county —- the standard “dangerous drug” screen won’t identify the synthetic opiate in the pill, Simmons said.”

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