The abuse of such illicit substances as cocaine and heroin may prove to be fatal, but just as these substances may take away the life of a person, so can the abuse of prescription drugs.
According to a feature on GBP News, the deaths that can be attributed to the abuse of prescription drugs in the state of Georgia has been on the rise, as more and more people turn to them. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the results of an analysis of autopsy data, which indicated a 10 percent increase in deaths due to prescription drug abuse.
Cassandra Price, executive director of the Division of Addictive Diseases in the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities , shared: â€œWhen Iâ€™ve treated people who are addicted to, letâ€™s say Xanax or oxycodone, itâ€™s all about, well, Iâ€™m in pain and my doctor gave me thisâ€¦ Thereâ€™s this level of justification and a level of denial thatâ€™s very, very hard for people to come to grips with and admit that thereâ€™s actually an addiction.â€
Price shared further that the results of a recent national study reflect the same trends as that observed in Georgia, in as far as the occurrence of deaths due to prescription drug abuse is concerned: â€œ[The study found] a 400 percent increase in the number of people seeking treatment, age 12 and above, for prescription pain relievers.â€
The feature shared that more than 700 people had died due to overdose in 2010, three-quarters of which were due to abuse of prescription drugs, which are mostly narcotic pain killers.