Addicted on LI: Prescription Drugs Part 1

The Father's Day murders at a Medford pharmacy has pushed the prescription-pill addiction crisis into the spotlight, with many on Long Island debating how bad

WOODBURY - The Father's Day murders at a Medford pharmacy has pushed the prescription-pill addiction crisis into the spotlight, with many on Long Island debating how bad the problem is.

When abused, certain pills can be as addicting and dangerous as any illegal drug. For example, hydrocodone and oxycodone are opiates and very similar to heroin.

Doctors and pharmacists say over the past few years they've seen a significant spike in the number of prescriptions for pain medication.

Three former addicts who spoke to News 12 Long Island say once you're hooked, it's not hard to keep a steady supply of pills pouring in.

To watch an extended interview with a 22-year-old recovering drug addict, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services NAFAS Addiction Service Links516-481-4000Quality Consortium of Suffolk CountyQuality Consortium Sponsored LinksNew York State HOPEline: 877-8-HOPENY (877-846-7369)Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Contact SAMHSA SAMHSA Drug Abuse Breakdown SAMHSA Drug Abuse Figures for NYSAMHSA Press Release on Drug Use-Related Hospital VisitsSAMHSA Press Release on Increase in Substance Abuse Treatments Center for Mental Health Services: 240-276-1310Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: 240-276-2420Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: 240-276-1660Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug DependenceLICADD Services LICADD ResourcesLICADD Hotlines516-747-2606New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Contact OASASOASAS Facts About Prescription Drug AbusePhone: 518-473-3460Email: communications@oasas.ny.govLong Island Teen Challenge Long Island Crisis CenterPress Release on New Bill to Fight Drug Abuse Newsday: State Figures Show LI Drug Abuse On Rise

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