The amount spent on prescription drugs by US citizens annually is significantly higher than the amount spent on illegal drugs. Prescription drugs are also more likely to be misused than any other drug, besides marijuana. Many of the addictions stemming from prescription drug abuse are a result of being inappropriately prescribed the medications by doctors.
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Percent of persons on 1 or more medications
of Americans have partaken in the use of illegal drugs.
were current users of illicit drugs.
In 2017, 35.8 % of high school senior reported having easy access to prescription painkillers.
Anybody can become addicted to drugs regardless of age, gender, sexuality, or martial status.
Nearly half of all 12th graders use marijuana.
About a third of 10th graders are active users of marijuana.
of Americans aged 12 and up are users of psychotropic drugs.
teens were arrested for the possession of marijuana
Americans over the age of 12 that have some type of drug addiction.
THERE ARE OVER
"Legally prescribed narcotics now cause more deaths each year than traffic accidents, and cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined"
Countless people are placed in overcrowded prisons for simply possessing an illegal substance, not distributing or causing any harm to anyone but themselves but somehow pharmaceutical companies can kill millions and simply pay a fine and be allowed to keep operating and making more money off the same people.
Drug use estimates. (n.d.). Retrieved September 20, 2018, from http://drugwarfacts.org/chapter/prevalence
- Q. G., M.D. Ph.D., Dillion, C. F., M.D. Ph.D., & Burt, V. L., Sc.M. R.N. (2010, September). Prescription Drug Use Continues to Increase: U.S. Prescription Drug Data for 2007-2008. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db42.htm
- What America’s users spend on Illegal Drugs: 2000-2010. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/ondcp/policy-and-research/wausid_results_report.pdf
- Office of Adolescent Health. (2017, November 29). Opioids and Adolescents. Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/substance-use/drugs/opioids/index.html