THE REAL FACTS ABOUT ADDICTION
The facts on drug addiction are staggering and, unfortunately, they’re only getting worse year after year. In fact, drug addiction has been declared an epidemic in the United States. One of the fastest growing categories of addiction is prescribed medications. Here are a few fast facts about drug abuse:
For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents
In 2009, 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents
Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69
From 2001 to 2013 there was a 2.5-fold increase in the total number of deaths. Prescription Drugs include: anti-depressants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines and opioids.
The tremendous growth in drug-related deaths is not the result of illegal street drugs. The most commonly abused prescription drugs (OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma) cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. It’s very clear drug addiction is one of the most serious social problems of this century.
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