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No RX Abuse

In Connecticut, 900 people will die this year from opioid overdose, 3 times greater than from car accidents, and 6 times more than people who will die from gun violence.

 

Facts About Prescription Drug Misuse in the United States

  • According to results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 2 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers for the first time within the past year. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

  • More than one million misused prescription stimulants, 1.5 million misused tranquilizers, and 271,000 misused sedatives for the first time within the past year. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

  • Misuse of prescription drugs is highest among young adults ages 18 to 25, with 14.4% reporting non-medical use in the past year. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

  • In 2017, 1.7 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

  • Roughly 21 to 29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

  • About 80% of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

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