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Prevalence of Prescription Drug Abuse in the U.S.

Despite its existing prevalence, prescription drug abuse is still a growing problem in the United States.

More than 16 million Americans aged 12 and above abuse prescriptions each year, while at least two million are addicted to the drugs they are using. Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include opioids, sedatives, and stimulants.

Most of the people who abuse these drugs don’t seek out help on their own. In fact, only 12.7% of people with a substance use disorder acknowledge they have a problem.

One of the reasons prescription drug abuse is so prevalent is that they are easily and quickly accessible. Every month, at least 45% of Americans use a prescription drug, whether for legal reasons or not. Not only does abuse of prescription drugs negatively affect your health, but it also very often leads to fatal overdoses, especially when opioids are involved.

The dangers and behavioral health issues associated with drug abuse are why it incurs over $740 billion in medical costs, lost productivity, and expenses related to crime each year, as individuals addicted to prescription medication often need specialized and individualized treatment programs at an addiction treatment center.

Understanding drug abuse and its effects can help you see how far-reaching the problem is and inform you what you can do to help.

If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug addiction or abuse, Yellowstone Recovery offers a range of personalized programs and therapies, including detox, residential, and outpatient treatment options. To get the help you need or find out more about these programs, contact our team today at (888) 418-4188.

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