FindRehabCenters created this infographic about prescription drug addiction and rehab.
Prescription drug addiction can occur from using medication that is different than how a doctor prescribes. Prescription drugs that are known to lead to addiction are opioids, stimulants, sedatives, and tranquilizers.
Right now, the U.S. is in the center of an opioid epidemic that is causing chaos, distress and frequent deaths of thousands of Americans.
According to the CDC, the amount of opioid medication prescribed per American was three times as high in 2015 than it was in 1999. In fact, CDC records show that emergency department treated opioid overdoses increased by 30 percent from July 2016 to September 2017.
Prescription drug addiction is a growing problem that is causing agony throughout all communities. Moreover, prescription opioid users are at risk for drug abuse and addiction.
Many who become addicted to prescribed opioid medication turn to heroin use because it’s cheaper and more readily available. An estimated 45 percent of people who use heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.
To prevent prescription drug addiction, social awareness and education are essential tools. Ending addiction to prescription drug addiction is possible with rehabilitation and treatment.
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