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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse Decline

Fortunately, the vigilant efforts by officials to curb prescription drug abuse in the United States have finally paid off. A new government report conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that prescription drug abuse decreased in 10 states from 2010 to 2011, and did not increase in any state.

A staggering 22 million people began the nonmedical use of pain-relieving drugs since 2002. After marijuana, prescription drug abuse is the country’s number one illicit drug, according to the report.

Iowa had the lowest rate of prescription drug abuse, at 3.6 percent. 

Oregon had the highest rate of prescription drug abuse, at 6.4 percent. 

States with the highest prescription drug abuse:
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Idaho
  • Colorado
  • Arizona
“Addressing prescription drug misuse remains a top public health priority, as we’ve seen inconsistent progress in addressing the issue across the states,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a news release. “Data from this report helps us better understand geographic variations in use, and should help with the development of more targeted and effective prevention and treatment programs. The key is educating the public on the serious health risks involved, and ensuring that we are providing the necessary treatment to those who need it.”

Medical News Today
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1 comment:

  1. What kind of generic drugs a drug rehab facility really use for the general patients?


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