Prescription Drugs Overview

Prescription Drug Abuse

Most people take medicines only for the reasons their doctors prescribe them. But an estimated 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. This is prescription drug abuse. It is a serious and growing problem.

Abusing some prescription drugs can lead to addiction. You can develop an addiction to:

  • Narcotic painkillers
  • Sedatives and tranquilizers
  • Stimulants

Experts don't know exactly why this type of drug abuse is increasing. The availability of drugs is probably one reason. Doctors are prescribing more drugs for more health problems than ever before. Online pharmacies make it easy to get prescription drugs without a prescription, even for youngsters.

NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Sharp rise in emergency department visits involving ADHD medications
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A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stimulant medications more than doubled from 13,379 visits in 2005 to 31,244 in 2010. The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that the greatest rates of increase in emergency department visits involving ADHD stimulant medications occurred among those aged 18 and older, while the level among those under 18 remained largely unchanged during this period.

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Number of U.S. Emergency Department Visits Involving Buprenorphine Increases Nearly Ten-Fold from 2005 to 2010
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"The estimated number of emergency department visits in which buprenorphine was involved as either a direct cause or a contributing factor increased from 3,161 in 2005 to 30,135 in 2010...More than half (52%) of these buprenorphine-related emergency department (ED) visits were for the nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals."

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State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers
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Data on geographic variation in the nonmedical use of pain relievers (as well as other drugs) are important for developing targeted prevention and treatment programs. This issue of The NSDUH Report highlights State estimates of the nonmedical use (i.e., misuse) of prescription pain relievers.

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National Survey on Drug Use & Health
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The primary source of information on the prevalence and incidence of illicit drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged 12 or older in the United States. Indicators include: Alcohol Abuse or Dependence; Current Binge Drinking by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Cigarette Smoking by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Alcohol by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Current Use of Marijuana by Persons Aged 12 and Older; Drug Abuse or Dependence

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Non-Medical Use and Abuse: Prescription-type and Over-the-Counter Drugs –Office of Applied Statistics (OAS)
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SAMHSA’s OAS provides the latest national data on (1) drugs of abuse, (2) drug related emergency department episodes and medical examiner cases, and (3) the nation’s substance abuse treatment system.

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Number of U.S. Emergency Department Visits Involving Buprenorphine Increases Nearly Ten-Fold from 2005 to 2010
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"The estimated number of emergency department visits in which buprenorphine was involved as either a direct cause or a contributing factor increased from 3,161 in 2005 to 30,135 in 2010...More than half (52%) of these buprenorphine-related emergency department (ED) visits were for the nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals."

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart
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Offers a list prescription drugs commonly abused, including depressants, opioids and morphine derivatives, and stimulants, and provides their common and street names, how they are generally administered, and their potential health effects.

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Women and Prescription Drugs – ONDCP
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The Truth About Prescription Drugs
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Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
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Prescription Drug Poster
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Raises awareness of the health consequences of improper use of prescription drugs and contrasts it with the benefits of safe and proper prescription drug use.

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Choices
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Up and Away
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Up and Away and Out of Sight is an educational program to remind families of the importance of safe medicine storage.

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Fuera del Alcance
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Información sobre la campaña

Las familias toman medicamentos y vitaminas para sentirse y mantenerse bien. Cualquier medicamento o vitamina puede tener efectos dañinos si se toma de manera incorrecta o si lo toma la persona indebida, aun si se trata de un medicamento comprado sin receta médica.

Fuera del alcance y de la vista es un programa educativo cuyo objetivo es recordar a las familias la importancia de guardar bien los medicamentos.

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Prescription Drug Abuse
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Medline Plus – National Library of Medicine (NLM) & National Institutes of Health (NIH) Authoritative information, including: news, NIH resources, overviews, diagnosis and symptoms, treatment, related issues, clinical trials, research, dictionaries/glossaries, directories, organizations and statistics.

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Over-the-Counter Medicines
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Medline Plus – National Library of Medicine (NLM) & National Institutes of Health (NIH). Authoritative information, including: news, NIH resources, overviews, diagnosis and symptoms, treatment, related issues, clinical trials, research, dictionaries/glossaries, directories, organizations and statistics.

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