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Prescription Drug Abuse Down, Heroin Abuse Up

, Posted: Sun, October 14 2012 at 5:46 PM, Updated: Sun, October 14 2012 at 10:41 PM

Prescription Drug Abuse Down, Heroin Abuse Up

Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic, with Jackson County one of the worst places in Oregon, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

But now new numbers are out. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that the number of adults nationwide who abuse prescription drugs is down 14% from 2010 to 2011.

Some health officials say it might be because expensive pills have some users looking for a cheaper alternative.

"If you have trouble getting those opiods or they are too expensive, you're going to look for something that makes you feel well. And heroin is out there filling that void. And it's currently less expensive than pills are for most people," said Dr. Jim Shames, medical director of Jackson County Health and Human Services

And Medford Police agree, they say in the first six months of this year heroin seizures were up 755% from 2011.

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