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Oxycodone Trafficking Nearly Quadruples From 2008 To 2012

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Although heroin is top of mind, law enforcement admit they're also concerned with oxycodone trafficking.

While investigators say the numbers are down in Wicomico County, cases have nearly quadrupled nationally from 2008 to 2012.

WMDT spoke with a local pharmacy technician who says unfortunately oxycodone isn't the only over-the-counter drug being abused.

"All of these drugs,  oxycodone, the ADHD stimulant drugs, they are all good drugs when used properly and under the care of a physician," said Melissa Batie Johnson, a pharmacy technician at Riverside and Milford Street Pharmacies. "They're important drugs that improve the quality of life for a lot of people, but when misused they can really destroy lives and communities."

A word of advice for patients being prescribed these types of highly addictive drugs: make sure you do your research and ask questions. It's a good idea to ask about the risk of becoming dependant before taking any drug.

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