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PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE IN AMERICA
The abuse of prescription painkillers and narcotics has grown into a bona fide public health crisis, affecting virtually every state, city and small town in the United States. Nearly half of the roughly 40,000 drug overdose deaths in 2010 involved pain medications, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. Approximately 2.1 million people are dependent upon or abusing opioid pain medications. Even older Americans are at risk, with one in four adults 50 years of age and over using psychoactive medications—mostly opioids and benzodiazepines. DOWNLOAD