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NIDA Talks Prescriptions

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niodA new research report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) describes the effects associated with the abuse of prescription drugs, which the agency estimates were used for non-medical reasons by 4 million people aged 12 and older in 1999.

According to “Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction,” the prescription medications that are most commonly misused fall into three categories: (1) opioids, which are used to treat pain; (2) CNS depressants, which are prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders; and (3) stimulants, which target narcolepsy (sleep disorder), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and obesity.

The 2013 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse found that approximately 1.6 million Americans used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes for the first time in 2012, up from fewer than 500,000 first-time users per year in the 1980s. …

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September 19th, 2015 at 10:22 am