Prescription Painkiller Abuse Rising Across Country

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The number of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers is rising across the nation, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control.

A big reason for the rise is the non-medical use of these painkillers.

Pharmacist Mel Anderson, who works at Medicap Pharmacy, said the problem happens when a person becomes addicted to a medication. He or she is no longer using the drug to treat the pain, but instead using it for the feeling it provides.

As of 2008, Virginia has one of the lower drug overdose death rates in the country, but Anderson says its still a problem, "It crosses into basically all walks of life. There are people from all demographics that become addicted to pain medicines. No one is excluded from this it is a problem in the Valley."

Anderson said if you are struggling with prescription drug addiction, talk with your doctor or pharmacist as there are ways to receive help. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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