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A pharmacy employee looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription while working at a pharmacy in New York December 23, 2009. (Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others: poll

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By Lindsay Dunsmuir

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed "ridiculous amounts" of Vicodin for a chronic back problem.

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His colleague offered him some of the pills. Soon Kurt was taking them three to four times a week to get high and relax.

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