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Misuse of Prescription Painkillers Becoming More Widespread Among Young Californians

In a California Healthline Special Report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed how the recent increase in prescriptions issued for strong painkillers is contributing to a growing problem of prescription drug misuse among young Californians.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Tom Lenox, special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration;
  • Michael Plopper, chief medical officer of Sharp HealthCare Behavioral Health Services;
  • Sherrie Rubin, founder and director of the not-for-profit organization HOPE; and
  • Robert Wailes, physician and member of the board of trustees for the California Medical Association (Goldberg, California Healthline, 4/11).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

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