Pain Medication Use Skyrocketing

American Voicespatriotismtrendsdrugsmedicine ISSUE 43•34 Aug 24, 2007

Since 1997, the use of prescription painkillers in the United States has risen 88 percent, and oxycodone, the main ingredient in OxyContin, has increased sixfold. What do you think?

  • “Why didn't the American people tell me they were hurting?”

    Kathryn Hodgkins –
    Systems Analyst

  • “If it wasn't for painkillers, pain sufferers would be forced to resort to voodoo medicine like physical therapy and chiropractics.”

    Josh Day –
    Nutritionist

  • “This is obviously an indicator of major growth in two sectors of our nation's population, older people and hillbillies.”

    Robert Wharton –
    Shoe Repairman

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