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Prescription painkiller abuse in Ohio teens drops by half
Heroin abuse also descreased, according to teen survey
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
Less Ohio teens are taking prescription painkillers without their doctor's prescription.
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The percentage of Ohio teens who have abused prescription painkillers has been cut in half over the last two years, according to a survey by the Ohio Department of Health.

Spokeswoman Tess Pollock says in 2011, 21 percent of Ohio teens indicated they had used prescription painkillers without a doctor’s prescription. Pollock says measures taken by the state have helped to cut that number to 12 percent.

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"The state has made it a priority to fight abuse, (going) at it from the prescribing side but also the education side," Pollock says. "There’s a lot of communities who have set up prescription drug collections and that makes them (the drugs) less accessible to teens who might be likely to abuse them."

Heroin use in teens also decreased to 2 percent.

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