This article is an examination of some of the overall trends and statistics in the prescription drug abuse epidemic. It does a good job of laying out the basics and getting people up to speed on the topic. It especially has interesting statistics about how people are getting started with prescription drug abuse. More articles like this lead to a greater awareness of the problem and will help in the fight against prescription drug abuse.
One of the most common forms of substance abuse that we see or deal with these days is the abuse of prescription drugs.
Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug use and Health show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over whom used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically. The same survey found that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or the Internet.