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November 6, 2016: America has begun to face another new threat of losing the most of its teen population from the overdose of Opiate drugs. It has reported a drop in the population of American teens, due to Vicodin and Oxycontin medications. Right from the mid-1990’s the usage of Opium has increased in pain killing drugs. For better results in curing pain, scientists came up with the addition of the drug in medicines. But, it is having adverse long time effect on the teens of the country.

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Kids Addicted to Pain Killer Drugs

These Opiate medications which treat chronic pain resulted in about 19000 deaths till 2014. Trauma pediatric discharge records of children and teens of ages 1-19 from 1997-2012 showed the admission of these children, about 13000 of them for Opiate poisoning and 15-19 aged teens were for Heroin poisoning. Doctors say, “From 1997-2012 Opiate poisoning has doubled. And the highest admissions were for teenagers, ages 15-19. 1-4 ages of hospitalization are been increased. Heroin poisoning increased 150% during this time period.”

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Vicodin and Oxycontin- The Narcotic Trafficking

Painkilling drugs that have a high amount of Vicodin and Oxycontin are in wide circulation in the USA. When teens and children are prescribed this medication, they often get addicted to these drugs. This has also resulted in an increase in the illegal trafficking of Narcotic drugs into the country, targeting the teen groups.

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America faced 950% increase of Methadone and Heroin abuse among its teens in the period of 1990-2012. In order to make situations better, the physicians are trying to include new alternatives for Oxycontin and Vicodin.

by Shinega Kalai of NewsGram. Twitter: @acloudonthesky


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