A Growing Number Of Addicts Turn To Emergency Rooms To Obtain Medication

By Staff Writer

Addiction to prescription drugs is exploding in many parts of the country. However, rather than heading to addiction treatment centers where they can find help for their problems, a new investigation has found that many individuals who abuse these drugs are ending up in hospital emergency rooms, where they say access to drugs is the easiest.

After talking to many drug abusers in addiction treatment centers throughout the West, a team of investigators from ABC4 news of Salt Lake City reported that many said hospital emergency rooms are among the easiest place to obtain prescription pain medication.

State officials have said that abuse of prescription medication has increased by 400 percent over the past decade, according to the news source. Experts said that emergency rooms can play a role in continuing the problem because they are legally obligated to treat patients for the symptoms they present and report.

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of individuals who go to emergency rooms with the intent of misusing medication rose 111 percent last year.