Lisa Boothby, the Drug Information Coordinator at Columbus Regional, says the numbers keep going up.
"They've increased over one-hundred and fifty percent in the past ten years," says Boothby
, "and the newest data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network says they are continuing to rise."Boothby
says prescribed and over-the-counter drugs give abusers a false sense of security.That means more people are starting to cross the line.After just two weeks of using, a dependency can develop which means you have to take more pills to feel the same effect.Many are ending up in the emergency room."It's a tricky situation," says Boothby
, "sometimes they may be prescribed for a legitimate reason but may not be taken like it says on the label."Boothby
says the study is an eye-opener, but for people like Hill-she says they've got the right idea."We want to see them used when it's appropriate and if possible decrease use when it's inappropriate," she
explains, "and that involves education."