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Emergency Rooms See Doubling Of Visits Related to Non-Medical Narcotic Use
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Hospital emergency rooms are grappling with an alarming increase in the number of patients whose illnesses involve non-medical use of opiod or narcotic pain relievers, according to two new federal reports. Oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone products, in particular, resulted in an increased number of visits to the emergency department between 2004 and 2008, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, or DAWN report, published by a division of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.