Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Effects

  • Prescription drugs can mask a person's emotions
  • The risk for car accidents is higher
  • Abusing prescription drugs increases the chance to use illegal drugs
  • When not on prescription drugs, the person can experience withdrawal

Prescription Drug Statistics

  • 2.7% of U.S. adults or 15 million people are addicted to prescription drugs
  • Stimulants are used for things like ADHD
  • 6% of 17-25 year olds use prescription drugs for recreational purposes
  • 70% of abusers get their drugs from home
  • Prescription drugs are the #1 choice for 12-13 year olds
  • 1 in 10 HS seniors admit to abusing prescription drugs
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