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Drug Monitoring Program focus in La Crosse

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La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ----- The drug problem in the state of Wisconsin has reached epic proportions.     Addiction specialists say that heroin becomes the drug of choice after users initially get hooked on prescription painkillers.  One of the ways to address that issue is to get doctors to participate in the drug monitoring system.

According to the Executive Director of Coulee Council on Addiction  only 8% of doctors are onboard and friends and family are indirectly enabling drug use by sharing pills.  "So it can be as simple as, you know, I've got some pain, I've got a headache or my shoulder hurts and you have a prescription that you maybe haven't finished off, I'd say here.  Take these, with the intent to be helpful and you know, help me get some relief and never really thinking twice about it."

Attorney General Eric Holder called the rise of prescription drug use an "urgent public health crisis," asserting the justice department's commitment to confronting the issue head on.

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