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Prescription Drug Statistics
In this article we take a look at prescription drug statistics. See how much painkiller abuse has increased in the last few years. Also, the astonishing stats on how many deaths are the result of drug abuse of pain medication every year.
Painkiller abuse has been rising steadily in the U.S. since the 1980s. Prescription drug statistics indicate, teens are the group most likely to abuse painkillers, but painkiller abuse and addiction can affect anyone. Along with this rise in painkiller abuse is an increase in the number of addictions and deaths related to painkillers.
Most people who take prescription drugs use them correctly and legally, and painkillers greatly improve the quality of life for the 30 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, as well as surgery patients. But Americans are using more painkillers than ever, and this increases the risk and incidents of painkiller abuse and addition.
The abuse of painkillers among teens has received a great deal of attention from the media and researchers. Prescription drug abuse is second only to marijuana use as a problem among teens. Teens, though, are not the only group at risk for painkiller abuse. Older Americans and women are also at increased risk for painkiller abuse.
Teen prescription drug abuse is linked to increase rates of delinquent behavior and an increase in the rates of depression by 3 times. Also, teens who abuse painkillers are more likely to abuse other drugs, including tobacco and alcohol. This is why it is important to watch for, prevent, and treat painkiller abuse among teens.
Prevention of painkiller abuse starts with patients keeping track of their painkillers and not abusing them or allowing others to do so. More than 55 percent of painkiller abusers get their drugs from friends or family members. Only about 4 percent get painkillers from illegal dealers or strangers, and about .1 percent get their painkillers from the Internet.
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