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The abuse of oxycodone products such as OxyContin has become so prevalent that officials in Kentucky are describing it as an epidemic. The number of patients seeking treatment for oxycodone addiction in Kentucky increased 163 percent, from 103 patients in FY1998 to 134 patients in FY1999 and to 271 patients in FY2000. By October 1999 several physicians had established pain clinics in southeastern Kentucky and were writing several hundred prescriptions for OxyContin on a daily basis. The Kentucky State Police report that OxyContin is more popular than cocaine in eastern portions of the state.
National Drug Intelligence Center
Kentucky Drug Threat Assessment
This information is 7 years old. There is no reason to believe that numbers have declined since no new interventions have been established and addiction in families creates more generations of addiction.