When Jim Buechler became a pharmacist 33 years ago, cases of prescription drug abuse were rare, with one to two reported cases surfacing a year.
It was almost unheard of for teenagers to be involved.
“When they started looking for illegal drugs in my day, it was marijuana and alcohol. There was little to no abuse of medications and definitely no resale of prescription drugs,” said Buechler, owner of the Medicine Shoppe in Mitchell.
GREGORY — Wade Juracek believes that if a prescription-drug monitoring program had been in place, his abuse of prescriptions would have been flagged.
Doctors prescribed Juracek painkillers to treat colitis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, several years ago.
At the peak of his addiction, which he thinks lasted about a year, he swallowed as many as 100 Vicodin pills a day.
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