Sales of 2 addictive painkillers continue to grow, analysis finds

04/5/2012 | MSNBC

An analysis of Drug Enforcement Administration records found that sales of the painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone have soared in areas of the U.S. where the drugs were not as prominent before. The trend is attributed to an aging population with pain and clinicians' willingness to prescribe, said Gregory Bunt, medical director at New York rehabilitation clinic Daytop Village. Addiction is also a factor, as users become physically dependent and start "doctor shopping" to get more prescriptions.

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