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Addiction By Prescription

picture of panelists Invited Panelists: Charles G. Curie, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS; Chris Kelly, Director, DC Chapter of Advocates for Recovery through Medicine (ARM-DC); Dr. Anthony C. Tommasello, Associate Professor and Director, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Office of Substance Abuse Studies; Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS.

picture of panelists Data from the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show the second most popular category of drug use after marijuana is the non-medical use of prescription drugs. An estimated 6.2 million people, 2.6 percent of the population aged 12 or older are misusing prescription drugs. Of these, an estimated 4.4 million used narcotic pain relievers, 1.8 million used anti-anxiety medications (also known as tranquilizers), 1.2 million used stimulants and 0.4 million used sedatives. The survey estimates that 1.9 million persons aged 12 or older used OxyContin non-medically at least once in their lifetimes. This program highlights groundbreaking strategies to treat addiction to prescription medications and looks at the new office-based and pharmacological approaches that are helping to make treatment more effective.

Related Publications
Give ‘Em the Facts: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse

The NHSDA Report: Nonmedical Use of Prescription-Type Drugs Among Youth and Young Adults

The DASIS Report: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Admissions

NIDA Research Report Series: Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

Drug Addiction in Health Care Professionals

Misuse of Prescription Pain Killers Can Kill You

SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health

Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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