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Friday, July 14, 2006

OxyContin tracking

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A local state lawmaker is pushing for more aggressive tracking of those who abuse prescription drugs and the doctors who prescribe them.

Rep. Peter J. Koutoujian, a Democrat who represents Newton, Watertown and Waltham, is chairman of the OxyContin Commission. He is calling for safer storage of prescription drugs, better education for teachers and parents about the dangers of OxyContin, and a statewide disposal program for unused pills.

"It used to be that years ago we raided parents' liquor cabinets for liquor," he says in a Globe story today. "Now kids are raiding parents' medicine cabinets for drugs."

Abuse of prescription drugs has been responsible for a 600 percent increase in opioid related deaths in the state between 1990 and 2003.

-- Erica Tochin

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