Prescription drug abuse is the act of taking and using a prescription medication (whether prescribed to you or not) and using it in a way that differs from the doctor’s instructions. Doing so poses serious dangerous to the body and mind of the user, such as short and long term physical and psychological effects including addiction, organ and brain impairment, and higher risk of developing a mental health disorder.
Here are some important Facts and Stats about prescription drug abuse you may not have known:
- An estimated 16 million people in the US abuse prescription drugs
- About 1.4 million emergency room visits can be attributed to prescription drug abuse each year.
- Men generally abuse prescription medications more than women
- Opioid misuse/abuse is responsible for about 75% of overdose-related deaths. That’s more than any other prescription or illegal drug.
- Rate of prescription drug abuse are increasing among baby boomers (people in their 50’s) though teens are also at high risk; People between the ages of 45 and 49 have the highest death rates from drug overdoses.
- Abuse or misuse of prescription medications can lead to tolerance, which is when the body adapts to the long-term use of a substance and eventually the user no longer feels the desired effect
- Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to life threatening
- Over 50% of all prescription medications for nonmedical use are obtained from a friend or relative.
- Pain killers, tranquilizers, and stimulants are the most commonly abused prescription drugs
- When people abuse prescription medications (depending on the type), they swallow, inject, smoke, snort, or chew them
- Tranquilizer abuse can lead to lethargy, uncoordinated movement, nausea, confusion, and more. When combined with alcohol, tranquilizers can depress breathing and lead to death
- Anabolic steroid abuse may be associated with irritability, aggression, acne, baldness, infertility, heart attacks, cholesterol changes, high blood pressure, liver damage, and cancer. Men who abuse steroids may suffer testicle shrinkage and breast growth. Women who abuse steroids may develop male characteristics
- Prescription drug abuse is responsible for 60% of overdose-related deaths
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