Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse and addiction have long-since been major public health threats throughout the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who studies prescription abuse, between the years 2015 and 2016 a reported 45.8 percent of the total population used at least one prescription medication within a 30 day period. Twenty-seven percent of adolescents, 46.7 percent of men and women between the ages of 20 and 59, and roughly 80 percent of American adults over the age of 60 reported using a prescription drug. Because prescription drugs are so widely prescribed, they are also very widely abused.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that despite the fact that the majority of Americans take prescription drugs responsibly and as prescribed, prescription opioids, central nervous system depressants and prescription stimulants are widely abused by members of all demographics. NIDA reported that in 2017 an estimated 18 million people over the age of 12 abused a prescription medication of some variety. The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that “an estimated 2 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers for the first time within the past year, which averages to approximately 5,480 initiates per day. Additionally, more than one million misused prescription stimulants, 1.5 million misused tranquilizers, and 271,000 misused sedatives for the first time.” Clearly, prescription drug abuse has become a major issue throughout the country. If you or someone you love has been struggling with a prescription drug addiction of any type or severity, Guardian Recovery Network is available to help.