Prescription drug abuse in Ala. running rampant, police say

(WTVM) - Alabama police say the most addictive drugs running rampant right now might be in your medicine cabinet.

Officials say prescription drug abuse in Alabama currently rises above illicit street drugs like crack, cocaine, and meth.

DEA Supervisory Special Agent Towanda Thorne says the illegal prescription drug industry is well organized and difficult to investigate.

"Prescription drug abuse is at an epidemic," says Thorne.

Abusers say prescription drugs are harder to overcome than illicit street drugs.

The DEA also has a diversion unity whose single mission is to go after doctors who are illegally prescribing controlled substances.

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