According to Natural News, every day in the US, 2,500 youth (12 to 17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. In 2006 in the United States, 2.6 million people abused prescription drugs for the first time. A 2007 survey in the US found that 3.3% of 12- to 17-year-olds and 6% of 17- to 25-year-olds had abused prescription drugs in the past month.
Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing. Of the 22,400 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2005, opioid painkillers were the most commonly found drug, accounting for 38.2% of these deaths.
In 2005, 4.4 million teenagers (aged 12 to 17) in the US admitted to taking prescription painkillers, and 2.3 million took a prescription stimulant such as Ritalin. 2.2 million abused over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrup. The average age for first-time users is now 13 to 14.
Prescription drug abuse, while most prevalent in the US, is a problem in many areas around the world including Europe, Southern Africa and South Asia. In the US alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number who reported abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin.
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Deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Every day in the United States, 114 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments for the misuse or abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.
Among those who died from drug overdose in 2012:
- Men were 59% more likely than women to die;whites had the highest death rate, followed by American Indians/Alaska Natives and then blacks;the highest death rate was among people 45-49 years of age; andthe lowest death rates were among children less than 15 years old, because they do not abuse drugs as frequently as older people.
Among people who misused or abused drugs and received treatment in emergency departments in 2011:
- 56% were males; and
- 82% were people 21 or older.
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