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The Chief Pharmacist for the Health Services Authority (H.S.A) Colin Medford says the annual usage of well-known narcotics continues to rise across different age groups in Cayman.

Mr. Medford says prescription drugs with Oxycodone are becoming more famous on Island and says drugs of these kind have become popular through more medical practitioners as well as social media and other advertising efforts.

“A number of newer narcotics have become a lot more popular on the island. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we’ve got more practitioners, we’ve also got more practitioners who have been trained to use narcotics and along with that we’ve also had social media and the television where these things are advertised and people know about them,” Mr. Medford said.

Mr. Medford said that drugs which have a higher tendency to be abused are not refilled and said despite people requesting more drugs at times the process to have prescriptions refilled is not as simple as some might believe.

“The prescription process for narcotics is very stringent it is not an easy deal.  You cannot just walk into the Pharmacy and demand anything,” The Chief Pharmacist added.

Mr. Medford’s comments are following suit of statements made by the Pain Management Specialist of the H.S.A Dr. John Lee who said there are other ways for people to fight pain before requesting strong pain killing drugs.



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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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