Prescription drug abuse is the Nation's fastest-growing drug problem, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, national data show that 1 in 4 people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2010 started by using a prescription drug non-medically.
Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe these substances are safer than illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. Addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic is not only a top priority for public health, it also will help build stronger communities and allow those with substance abuse disorders to lead healthier, more productive lives.
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Extension educators, teachers, youth workers, researchers, and other professionals working with children, youth, and families.
R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy
Wilson M. Compton, MD, Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
Elizabeth Robertson, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
Richard Spoth, Ph.D., F. Wendell Miller Senior Prevention Scientist and Director, Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, Iowa State University
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It’s Epidemic: Prescription Drug Abuse and How to Prevent It
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