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Texas monitoring prescriptions of drug combo

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas Department of Public Safety tracking system shows that Harris County doctors rank first in writing prescriptions for three highly addictive drugs that officials say give users a "heroin high" when taken together.

The Houston Chronicle reports that six Harris County doctors top the list of those writing the most prescriptions in Texas for the ingredients for the drug cocktail.

Authorities have withheld the doctors' names.

The three drugs include: hydrocodone, a narcotic known by brand names like Vicodin; alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug known as Xanax; and carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant known as Soma.

Dr. C.M. Schade, past president of the Texas Pain Society, says he knows of no legitimate medical reason for a doctor to prescribe all three together.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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