Monday, July 19, 2010

Prescription Drug Abuse up 400% in 10 Years

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported on July 15, 2010 that the use of [ prescription drugs] for non-medically prescribed purposes increased 400% between 1998 and 2008.  According to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., "The non-medical use of prescription pain-relievers is now the second most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the nation, and its tragic consequences are seen in substance abuse treatment centers and hospital emergency departments throughout our nation."

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