prescription drug abuse

As was highlighted in a recent blog here, the growing problem of prescription drug addiction in the USA is just as serious – even more serious – as the abuse of illegal drugs.

Examining Prescription Drug Abuse Through Statistics

Heroin word cloud glowingStatistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  indicate that prescription drug addiction is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. In a bid to help educate the public more widely, NIDA even had a competition for people to create info-graphics that outlined the statistics clearly. Here is just a taste of those stats.

  • 52 million Americans aged over 12 have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.
  • The USA has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 75% of the prescription drugs. Continue Reading

canstockphoto5874319The stories about drug abuse that always grab the headlines are those about illicit drugs like heroin, crystal meth, cocaine and crack. But it is prescription drug addiction that is the USA’s fastest growing drug problem.Prescription drugs obviously are used for physical and mental problems, but they are perceived as “soft” drugs that won’t do as much harm as the hard, illicit drugs. Nonetheless, they are highly addictive and it does not take much for a user to develop a dependency and addiction.

The Growing Problem With Prescription Drug Addiction

The Drug Enforcement Administration has declared that Americans are abusing prescription drugs more widely than all illicit drugs, except marijuana. Continue Reading