Why Patients Get Addicted to Drugs

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If you want to know how people become addicted and why they keep using drugs, ask the people who are addicted.

Thirty-one of 75 patients hospitalized for opioid detoxification told University at Buffalo physicians they first got hooked on drugs legitimately prescribed for pain.

Another 24 began with a friend's left-over prescription pills or pilfered from a parent's medicine cabinet. The remaining 20 patients said they got hooked on street drugs.

However, 92 percent of the patients in the study said they eventually bought drugs off the street, primarily heroin, because it is less expensive and more effective than prescriptions.

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University at Buffalo (2010, August 21). Drug addicts get hooked via prescriptions, keep using 'to feel like a better person,' research shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 22, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/08/100820145307.htm
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