Prescription Pain Pill Abuse
A new study learned that prescription pain pill abuse increased 75 percent from 2002 to 2010, and most users were men. Men and people between the ages of 26 and 49 saw the largest increase in non-medical use of prescription painkillers, taking the drugs for 200 or more days a year. More than 15,500 people overdosed and died as a result of pain pills. That is more than double than in 2002, just seven years earlier.
“Chronic non-medical use is increasing and these drugs have very dangerous risks,” said study author Christopher Jones, a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Injury Center in Atlanta. “As sales of these drugs have gone up, so has the unattended adverse events.”
Although there has been significant progress made in the fight against prescription pain pill abuse, there is much more work to be done. Federal, state and law enforcement officials continue to work to find solutions to a problem that affects lives and communities every day. Treatment centers across the United States are finding their resources stretched to the limit due to the increase in people seeking help for an addiction to prescription pain pills.