More Texans Are Dying From Pill Abuse

Some Corpus deaths appeared to be linked to the growing popularity of partying with prescription pills, including cocktails of drugs like Vicodin (hydrocodone) and Xanax (alprazolam), said Stefanie Wiser, who compiles statistics for the office.

“I know there’s a huge increase,” she said. “There are some cases where they buy them as recreational drugs, and they mix them. It’s quite prevalent in teenagers – it seems to be the cool thing to do.”