The misuse of prescription drugs in America is on the rise. For a country with just 5% of the world’s population, we consume our share of medications and then some – three-quarters of the world’s prescription drugs! And in 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every single American adult every 4 hours for an entire month. How do we end the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic?
Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
Most abused prescription drugs fall within three categories: painkillers, tranquilizers, and stimulants. In the past month, 6.2 million people have used prescription drugs non-medically. From this infographic, you can learn a little bit more about the people who abuse prescription medications: where they live (non-medical usage rates are highest in the West), where they got their drugs (mostly from friends and relatives), and the reasons teens cite for abusing Rx drugs (the #1 reason? They’re easy to find).
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Infographic by 12 Palms Recovery Center
Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic in America
The prescription drug abuse epidemic in America has far-reaching consequences, affecting individuals, families, and communities. With opioid misuse at the forefront, there’s a surge in addiction, overdose deaths, and related health issues.
Beyond the immediate health impact, societal strains include increased crime rates, strained healthcare resources, and a burden on social services. Additionally, the economic toll is significant, with costs incurred in healthcare, criminal justice, and lost productivity. Addressing this epidemic requires a multifaceted approach, involving improved access to addiction treatment, heightened awareness, responsible prescribing practices, and community support to curb the devastating effects and foster a healthier, more resilient society.
Current Efforts To End The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
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