Prescription Drug Abuse

Over $78 billion in prescription and over-the counter (OTC) drugs are produced each year in the United States. Although most people use these medications properly, a significant number do not. They might take them without a doctor’s prescription, use more than prescribed, or take them for reasons other than those that the drugs were prescribed for. In 1995, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Household Survey on Drug Abuse showed that over 21 million people over the age of 12 reported having used one or more psychotherapeutic drugs (stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers, and analgesics available through prescription) for nonmedical purposes at some time in lives. Stimulants, analgesics, and tranquilizers were the most widely used drugs of abuse that fit this category. Psychotherapeutic drugs are used because they directly affect the brain and central nervous system (CNS), producing desired effects.  For additional information on prescription and over the counter drugs CLICK HERE.

In January 2008 The Office of National Drug Control Policy Executive Office of the President published the report - Prescription for Danger - A Report on the Troubling Trend of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Among the Nation's Teens.  For a copy of the report CLICK HERE.

On November 13, 2008 John Hamilton LMFT, LADC presented at a community forum on Prescription Drug Abuse.  For a complete copy of his presentation Addressing Adolescent Prescription Drug Abuse CLICK HERE.

For information on the proper disposal of prescription drugs CLICK HERE.


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