New research released last Thursday provides further evidence that the US is currently experiencing an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. Admission rates for alcohol and drug rehabilitation have remained stable over the last ten years. Rates for admission to detox and rehab for prescription painkiller (Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Opana, Vicodin) addiction have skyrocketed by 430 percent. These types of drugs, called opiates, produce powerful physical dependance in a relatively short span of time. They are extremely dangerous.