A study to be published in the journal Health Affairs found an association between a 10% increase in Internet access in a state and about a 1% rise in admission for prescription-drug abuse from 2000 to 2007. "Our findings suggest that Internet growth may partly explain the increase in prescription-drug abuse, since it is well known that these drugs are easily available online," said Dana Goldman, a University of Southern California official and one of the study's researchers.

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