Researchers funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, are launching the first large-scale national study evaluating a treatment for addiction to prescription opioid analgesics (i.e., painkillers) such as Vicodin and OxyContin. NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) is conducting the multi-site study, known as the Prescription Opiate Addiction Treatment Study (POATS).
The study is a response to the growing national problem of prescription drug abuse in this country. According to the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the incidence of new nonmedical users of pain relievers is now at 2.2 million Americans aged 12 and older, surpassing the number of new marijuana abusers (2.1 million). In 2005, more than six million Americans reported current (in the past month) nonmedical use of prescription drugs — more than the number abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, combined.
For more information about the study, go to: http://www.drugabuse.gov/CTN/protocol/0030.html .
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