This is an interesting article checking in with the current state of prescription drug abuse. It’s a step back from the day-to-day news of prescription drugs and really looks are the overall trends over the past few years. It even has some positive steps you can take in your daily life to help fight prescription drug abuse.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing trend. Following marijuana and alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drugs have become the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The process of becoming dependent on prescription drugs can begin easily and often, innocently. “Sometimes, people don’t finish their medication and might give it away to others who appear to need it, or the person’s children or other family members may come across it,” explains Carl Scroggins, Overdose Prevention Programs Supervisor at Gateway.