Prescription drug abuse haunts local families

YONKERS - Americans are abusing prescription drugs at alarming rates and local families can attest to the fact that the Hudson Valley area is not immune.

According to the latest numbers from the state, prescriptions for one of the most highly abused drugs has skyrocketed over the past few years. The New York State Attorney General?s Office says prescriptions for oxycodone increased 82 percent from 2007 to 2010.

Experts believe part of the problem is that doctors are over-prescribing. Pharmacists and families in the Westchester area tell News 12 they have watched the problem grow firsthand.

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an online system for monitoring and tracking prescriptions.

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse ServicesStudent Assistance ServicesWestchester County Youth Bureau

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