OxyContin Prescription Drug Abuse “A Silent, Growing Problem” Among Youths

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A federal survey of high school students found that more than one in five had taken drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin or Xanax without a doctor’s prescription. The highest prevalence, the study found, was among whites.

That’s no surprise to law enforcement and treatment providers, who say OxyContin, codeine and other prescription drug abuse among youths tend to circulate most in affluent areas — where access to medical care may be greater, and acceptance of hard street drugs lower.