Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, 2011

(2011) Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, 2011. Drug Control Policy, Office of


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Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.1 The same survey found that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or from the Internet.2 Additionally, the latest Monitoring the Future study—the Nation’s largest survey of drug use among young people—showed that prescription drugs are the second most-abused category of drugs after marijuana.3 In our military, illicit drug use increased from 5 percent to 12 percent among active duty service members over a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, primarily attributed to prescription drug abuse.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Drugs, Iowa, Meth, Drug Abuse, Prescription Drugs
Subjects: Public Safety and consumer protection
Public Safety and consumer protection > Public safety
Health and medicine > Drugs and pharmacology
ID Code: 12965
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 03 May 2012 14:23
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 14:23
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/12965