Prescription drug abuse and addiction on the rise in Hawaii

KHON 2 reported last year that prescription drug abuse and addiction was on the rise in Hawaii. I think that the numbers in this report from 2011 are low, however there is no current statistical data available. I believe when new data is available we will see this number considerably higher. Nowadays, most of the calls I am receiving are from the loved ones of individuals addicted to Oxycontin, Oxycodone, and other opiod type drugs. This is a serious issue. Unlike Ice/Crystal Meth this drug has horrible withdrawal symptoms that should be medically monitored, and as I said before accidental overdose of these drugs have now surpassed traffic fatalities as the number one cause of accidental death.