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April 6th, 2010
06:29 AM ET

LIVE Blog: Chat with us during the show

Editor's Note: Welcome to American Morning's LIVE Blog where you can discuss the "most news in the morning" with us each and every day. Join the live chat during the program by adding your comments below. It's your chance to share your thoughts on the day's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules: 1) Keep it brief 2) No writing in ALL CAPS 3) Use your real name (first name only is fine) 4) No links 5) Watch your language (that includes $#&*).

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Prescription Pill Cocktail

(CNN) – The number of prescription drug overdose deaths is now the number one cause of overdose death in the U.S. and it’s they're the second most abused drug behind marijuana. The biggest group of abusers, people ages twelve to twenty five and they’re mixing multiple drugs creating their own custom high.

In our next installment of our special series, "Addicted," we spoke with two current prescription drug abusers and one former user and get an up close and personal look at how easy it is to start a habit and how hard it is to break.

Sound off: How far reaching is the prescription drug phenomena? Add your comments to the LIVE blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.


Filed under: Addicted... • LIVE Blog • Top Stories
April 5th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Addicted... Hollywood's prescription drug problem

Editor's Note: Prescription drug abuse has grabbed headlines with the high-profile deaths of celebrities like Corey Haim, Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, and Michael Jackson. In our original series “Addicted…” we examine how users get their fix and how deadly it can sometimes be. Tomorrow on American Morning, our Kiran Chetry talks to two current prescription drug abusers to get an up close and personal look at how easy it is to start a habit and how hard it is to break it.


Filed under: Addicted... • Drugs
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