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Prescription Drug Addiction Fast Facts
Approximately 18 million Americans over the age of 12 abuse prescription medications each year. That is equal to about 6% of the population. About 2 million Americans misused prescription painkillers for the first time in 2017.
In the same year, about 1 million Americans abused prescription stimulants for the first time, 1.5 million misused tranquilizers, and 271,000 misused prescription sedatives.
An estimated 14.4% of young people between the ages of 18 and 25 misused prescription drugs in the year prior to 2017. Almost 5% of children between the ages of 12 and 17 reported misusing prescription drugs in the same period.
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Opioid abuse can lead to a physical dependence on the drug, meaning that the user must continue to take the drug in order to feel well.
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Prescription Drug Addiction Caregiver Tips
- Be honest with your loved one about the addiction. Someone who is dependent on prescription drugs will likely deny their addiction, and they’re likely to be angry with you if you confront them about their behavior. You can be of more help to them, however, if you refuse to participate in the denial. Be earnest and upfront about the problem.
- Be supportive. It can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude toward your loved one while they’re in the throes of substance abuse. The behavior of an addict has often driven wedges even into strong relationships.