an american epidemic

prescription drug abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic in the United States.

In 2014, prescription drugs surpassed car crashes

as the leading cause of accidental death in 29 states.

The United States

consumes 80% of the world’s supply of painkillers.

Overdoses involving prescription opioid analgesics,

which are medications used to treat pain,

have increased to almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States.

Abuse of prescription opioids affects more than 12 million Americans and

kills more people annually than heroin and cocaine


In 2012, there were an estimated

1,350 initiates per day

of persons 12 and older who

used a prescription pain reliever nonmedically for the first time.

Medical emergencies resulting from prescription drug abuse

increased 132% over the last 7 years.

Prescription drugs account for nearly two-thirds of the opioid overdoses.

medical professionals

Between 2010 and 2013,

750 doctors

in the U.S. had their licenses restricted/revoked

or lost hospital privileges due to

transgressions from drug abuse.

Each year, 1% - 2%

of people working in the healthcare field

develop some form of addiction

Addiction to opiate pain killers is the

number one cause of death

of anesthesiologists under 40.

20%-30% of all doctors addicted to drugs practice in the field of anesthesiology.



1 in 8 teens (about 2.7 million)

has reported misusing or abusing prescription stimulants.

1 in 4 teens

believes that prescription drugs can be used as a study aid.

12th graders who reported past-year nonmedical use of amphetamines

Almost two-thirds of college seniors

will be offered prescription stimulants for nonmedical use during their college career and

31% will use them at least once.