A neuroscience blogger takes on the subject of prescription drug abuse. This is a great primer on the subject for those who aren’t already familiar with it. It has a focus on the science and facts behind prescription drug abuse.
Drug overdose death rates have never been higher. In the United States alone, 100 people die from drug overdoses every day, most of them caused by prescription drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared prescription drug abuse in the US an epidemic.
Concerns over addiction and drug abuse are causing some primary care physicians to prescribe fewer opioids for chronic pain, according to a recent national survey on prescription drug abuse. But an increase in the awareness of the prescription drug abuse epidemic is still urgently needed so that adequate prevention measures are set in motion.