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Report: 20% of high school students have abused prescription drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA One-in-5 high school students have abused prescription drugs, according to a survey released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Results of the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicated that 20% of high school students had taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription, such as OxyContin (oxycodone), Percocet (oxycodone, paracetamol and acetaminophen), Vicodin (acetaminophen and hydrocodone) or Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine).

Rates were highest among 12th graders, of whom 26% reported abuse, and lowest among ninth graders, at 15%. There was no statistically significant difference between boys and girls, though white students abused prescription drugs at the highest rate (23%), while black students abused them at the lowest rate (12%).

“We are concerned to learn that so many high school students are taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them,” CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health director Howell Wechsler said. “Some people may falsely believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs, yet their misuse can cause serious adverse health effects, including addiction and death.”

Abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol still dwarfed that of prescription drug abuse, with 72% of students reporting use of alcohol and 37% saying they’d used marijuana.

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Target to expand its retail clinic presence

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS Target is looking to open eight new clinic locations this September, which includes new clinics at Target stores in Chicago and three in the Palm Beach, Fla., area.

Target introduced the Target Clinic in 2006 and currently operates 28 nurse practitioner-staffed locations in Minnesota and Maryland.

"Target is committed to helping our guests and team members achieve total well-being," stated Keri Jones, SVP health and beauty for Target. "By offering convenient, affordable and high quality care with no appointment necessary, Target Clinic is the perfect solution for busy families."

Construction is underway at the Evanston, South Loop and Near North Chicago Target stores. In early June, construction will begin at the Broadview and Tinley locations as well as the three Palm Beach-area Target stores. The eight new Target Clinic locations are expected to be open in early September.

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Costco installs health kiosks in Canada pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mass merchandiser Costco is adding information kiosks to its 25 pharmacies in Canada’s Ontario province.

Aisle7, the U.S.-based company that makes the kiosks, said the kiosks would make customer self-care education on generic and branded drugs, as well as drug information, available through an interactive kiosk-based display.

“We’re excited to offer our shoppers the Aisle7 program as an extention to the services we provide in our pharmacy,” Costco assistant VP pharmacy eastern division for the United States and Canada Rick Duffy said. “Aisle7 provides us with a credible, easy-to-use information resource for our shoppers, as well as a customizable marketing platform to promote our monthly health events.”

 

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