Report: Drug Dealers Tap Ohio Seniors to Procure Painkillers for Illegal Street Sales

Drug dealers around Ohio are developing new sources for prescription painkillers by buying them from senior citizens, sometimes as the patients leave pharmacies, according to a state report to be released this week that shows Ohio’s prescription painkiller epidemic is continuing and in some cases may be getting worse.

The report by the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network also blames an increase in heroin use on addicts switching from prescription painkillers, which are more expensive and harder to obtain.

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Source: The Columbus Republic – October 4, 2011