Prescription Drugs Abuse
Across the country, prescription drug abuse is killing people every day. In 2007, about 27,000 Americans died from unintentional prescription drug overdoses, making prescription drugs a more common cause of accidental death in many states than car accidents.
Approximately 3 to 5 percent of people who take prescription pain medication eventually become addicted, according to Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“Individuals who have a past history of a substance use disorder – from smoking, drinking or other drugs – are at greater risk,” said Volkow.
Volkow said that prescription drugs and alcohol are an especially dangerous combination. Pain pills and alcohol are the worst to mix, simply because they both slow respiration and create “a double whammy effect” that can stop breathing.