Prescription Drug Abuse Increasing


Prescription drug use is increasing to help people with medical needs, but as that grows so does the abuse:

"Americans are using prescription drugs in ever-increasing numbers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of Americans -- 48 percent -- now take at least one prescription drug, and nearly a third -- 31 percent -- use two to four.

While the benefits of these medications are vast in preventing and curing disease and alleviating pain and suffering, there's a terrible downside to this explosive growth: prescription drugs are being abused more than ever before.

Prescription medications are now the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind only marijuana. The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 20 percent of people in the U.S. have used prescription drugs such as painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers or steroids for non-medical reasons."

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