is the leading addiction in the state with nearly 30,000 cases in 2010.

Alcohol-only admissions have declined from 29 percent of all admissions in 1992, to 19 percent in 2006.
Concomitantly, drug-only admissions have increased from 18 percent in 1992, to 45 percent in 2006.

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Like many states, Massachusetts is battling an ongoing drug abuse problem.  In 2007, there were 20,626 drug abuse violations in Massachusetts and more than 10% of these were by juveniles.   Many of these addicts are not receiving the necessary treatment to overcome their addictions.

One of the biggest problems in Massachusetts is the growth of prescription drug abuse, particularly OxyContin.   In 2002, it was reported that Oxycontin abuse was second only to Heroin in the state.   This trend is likely to result in serious consequences because apart from being highly addictive, OxyContin usage induces the user to move on to cheaper drugs like heroin. It is the youth in particular who have become vulnerable to this threat. Large scale abuse of OxyContin has led to its high cost, and its demand and need is rising steadily every day. This abuse is gradually taking the shape of a menacing social problem which needs immediate attention.

To combat this growing drug abuse problem, the Massachusetts Legislature set up a commission comprising experts from different fields to look into this matter in 2004. Since then, this commission has met on several occasions to hold public hearings and gather relevant information and has put forth its recommendations based on its findings. While on its fact finding mission, the commission came across several revelations about prescription drug abuse from individuals and families. This prevailed upon the commission to recommend an H3 public policy which outlines steps needed to prevent and control prescription drug abuse as well as facilitate treatment and recovery. 


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