Local Judge Works to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse in Northeast Ohio

Scales of JusticeCuyahoga County Judge David Matia has overseen the county’s drug court for years. In his time working with folks struggling from addiction, he has noticed a disturbing trend.

“Sixty percent of the people in drug court are opiate dependent and of that sixty percent, half got their start by being treated for a medical condition,” said Matia.

According to Matia, research shows that in 1997, the average dosage for opiates was 7 pills. In 2010 that dosage sky rocketed to 67 pills.

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_cuyahoga/local-judge-works-to-fight-prescription-drug-abuse-in-northeast-ohio

Source:  NewsNet5.com – June 11, 2012

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