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Prescription Drugs

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)

Resources

Prescription Drug Safety Program for High Schools (from the EVERFI website

Prescription Drug Safety is an innovative digital course that focuses on high school students, arming them with the knowledge and tools to make healthy, informed decisions. By empowering students with substance abuse prevention education at an early age, we can help the next generation stop opioid abuse. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn about a range of topics, including the science of addiction, how to properly use and dispose of prescription drugs, and how to intervene when faced with a situation involving drug misuse. These prevention lessons can be quickly implemented in your school with the easy to use curriculum guide and lesson plans. Request a demo.