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Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A new U.N. group report says prescription drug abuse is quickly passing up most traditional illegal drugs as the most abused drug in the world.

Local law enforcement says prescription drugs are unpredictable, especially with someone who isn't supposed to take them.

The new study says prescription drug abuse is quickly becoming more dangerous because people have started making counterfeit painkillers and other drugs that have power enough to kill.

Locally, officers say people often use fake prescriptions to get the drugs or steal them after breaking into a car. They say often these people are addicted and combine many powerful medications.

Officers say people are prescribed a medication for a reason.

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