Lee Cable: The community should thank you for your article on teen drug use. Some data this writer did not know.
There might be more murder associated with opiate drug addicts given, without, opiates the addict gets very irate and sick and possibly street-level dealers run out of product sometimes. Hydrocodone is cheaper than oxycodone and can be refilled via telephone without the office call fee(s), so maybe preferred for non-I.V. users, also nose bleeds.
Folks wanting opiate prescriptions to service their addiction or for fun will report allergy to the potent non-opiate pain medicines and "codeine causes stomach ache" and the O.T.C. pain pills "do not stop the pain."
Some of the practitioners (docs) realize (?) they are dealing for big pharma's profit, but the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: prescribe the opiates or give up your license; not the scenario with B.C.P.s or abortion pills, which practitioners can legally refuse to prescribe on "moral grounds." Furthermore, patients can drag doctors into court if doctors refuse opiate derivative prescriptions, or same scenario, patients claiming the doctor prescribed too much (too many opiate pills) whereby the patient has become addicted.
Recently, the media reported that illegal use of prescription drugs is more prevalent than the use of illegal drugs in USA. Like the 49 folks selling their prescribed drugs to teenagers and children, 2010 in New Albany, is the culprit, or illegal border transports? Other?