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America’s biggest drug problem is the use of illicit “street” drugs.
Prescription medications are among the most abused substances in the United States!
What types of prescription drugs are most commonly abused?
What types of prescription drugs are most commonly abused? Painkillers (e.g., OxyContin ®, Vicodin ® ) Sedatives (e.g., Xanax ®, Ativan ® ) Stimulants (e.g., Adderall ®, Ritalin ® )
College students are often at high risk for prescription drug abuse.
The average age when prescription drug abuse starts is around 21.
Why do some college students choose to misuse or abuse prescription drugs?
Abusing prescription medications is a safer and legal alternative to using illicit “street” drugs.
Using medications like Vicodin ®, Xanax ®, or Adderall ® that aren’t prescribed for you is against the law, can have serious health consequences, and can be addicting.
Why do some people view the abuse of prescription medications and drugs like cocaine or heroin differently?
They are more similar than you might think!
More people die in the U.S. from unintentional drug overdoses than from motor vehicle accidents.
On average, about 100 people die every day from drug overdoses.
Most people who abuse prescription medications get them from a drug dealer.
More than 70% of those who abuse prescription medications get them from family members or friends.
What can we do to prevent others from abusing our prescription medications?
It is ok to share your prescription medications with others if they have a similar medical condition.
It is important to only use prescription medications as prescribed for you by a health professional.
Prescription drugs can help us live longer and healthier lives – but only if they are used properly under medical supervision.
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