The Problem

Nationwide Epidemic

Deaths

Nationwide Epidemic

Additional Statistics:

  • Deaths related to prescription painkiller use increased 313 percent over the past decade.
  • In 2013, over half (almost 52%) of all the drug overdose deaths in the U.S. were related to prescription drugs.
  • More people die from prescription drug overdoses than from car accidents or overdoses from common street drugs such as cocaine or heroin.

Access and Treatment

Nationwide Epidemic

Additional Statistics:

  • Pharmacists dispense enough prescription painkillers  every year to supply each American with a pill to take every four hours, around the clock, for a month.
  • Prescription painkiller-related treatment admission rates increased 400 percent from 2000 to 2010.
  • Admission rates for treatment of prescription drug abuse or excessive use increased every year from  2000 to 2010.

Kids and Teens

Nationwide Epidemic

Additional Statistics:

  • Children under age six account for about 40 percent of all exposures reported to poison centers.
  • About 1-in-5 12th graders report abusing or improperly using a prescription medicine at least once.
  • 38 percent of teens who have misused or abused prescription medicine took it from a parent’s medicine cabinet.
  • Almost half of teens who have misused or abused prescription medicine obtained it from a friend.

Young Adults

Nationwide Epidemic

Additional Statistics:

  • 96 percent of young adults who abuse prescription  stimulants believe their friends abuse prescription stimulants as well.
  • 57 percent of young adults who abuse prescription stimulants say the last time they did so, they got the drug from a friend.
  • 28 percent of young adults who have been legally prescribed stimulants share their medicine with friends.
  • 52 percent of young adults who have been legally prescribed stimulants say they’ve been pressured by friends into selling or sharing their medicine.

Pollution

Nationwide Epidemic

Additional Statistic:

  • Pharmaceutical residues have been detected in the drinking water of 24 major metropolitan areas across the country serving 46 million people.

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