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New drug raises concerns

April 18, 2014
by Ashley Craig
Charleston Daily Mail

“It all depends on how it’s prescribed and to whom and what quantities, and that is on the medical community,” he said.

He was under the impression that the drug was similar to the original Oxycontin pills. The drug is said to be a time-release pain reliever, but he said even that was something an addict could easily overcome.

“There’s definitely the potential for severe abuse on these,” Johnson said.

A study released last year by the Trust for America’s Health, a D.C.-based health policy organization, showed West Virginia had the highest drug overdose rate in the country.

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