With prescription pain killers being given out like candy, it's no surprise that deaths by accidental overdose have doubled in the past five years. Although not the only culprit, OxyContin - known as Hillbilly Heroin on the street - has been named as one of the drugs contributing significantly to this alarming trend.
According to Dr. Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown, a pain medicine expert at Atlanta's Emory Crawford Long Hospital, "There is a misperception that because a drug is a prescription medicine, it's safe to use for non-medical reasons. And clearly that is not true."
Death by Overdose Doubled in Five Years
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'Hillbilly Heroin' Named As One Culprit
- By: TrendopolyFeb 9, 2007