Maine tops nation in treatment for OxyContin abuse

Posted April 21, 2011, at 1:20 p.m.
Last modified April 21, 2011, at 2:02 p.m.

Maine’s reputation as a scenic tourist destination is rivaled by its record for drug abuse, according to a new report from Reuters.

“Maine, the New England state better known for its striking coastline and wilderness, has the country’s highest rate of residents in treatment to kick OxyContin, the brand name for oxycodone, and has suffered one of the nation’s biggest spikes in pharmacy robberies.

The highly addictive opiate has been blamed for a rash of drug store break-ins by desperate addicts and drug dealers who hawk the valuable pills on the black market, authorities say.”

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