Continuing her efforts to put a stop to curb the widespread abuse of and addiction to the powerful narcotic OxyContin, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) joined Chairman Edolphus Towns and Ranking Member Darrell Issa in calling on the Government Accountability Office to update its 2003 report on OxyContin to reflect current trends and efforts aimed at stemming prescription drug abuse.
"To effectively fight the growing problem of OxyContin abuse and addiction across our country we need the most up-to-date information possible," said Bono Mack. "This dangerous and highly addictive drug is destroying the lives of far too many of our young people. With one in twenty high school seniors admitting abuse OyContin, it is clear that we cannot stand by and allow this drug to make addicts of America's future."
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently issued the Monitoring the Future Survey, which revealed that an increasing number of young people are abusing prescription drugs. According to NIDA's findings, nearly 1 in 20 high school seniors reported abuse of OxyContin. Additionally, seven of the top 10 drugs were prescribed or purchased over the counter, with nearly 66% of students reporting that they obtained prescription drugs for non-medical use from friends or relatives.