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One in Four Americans Admits Abusing Prescription Drugs, Says FindLaw.com Survey
Date:8/5/2014

EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One in four Americans admits that they have abused prescription drugs, according to a new national survey by FindLaw.com, the most popular legal information website.

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as a national epidemic affecting millions.

Prescription drug abuse involves taking a drug for reasons other than the drug's intended usage or use of a drug by someone other than the person listed on the prescription. The drug abuse can either be an attempt to self-medicate a medical condition, or for purposes such as getting high. 

According to the FindLaw.com survey, the most common form of abuse admitted by survey respondents involved use of a drug by someone other than the person listed on the prescription. 

  • Twenty-four percent of people say they have either taken a medicine that was prescribed to someone else or have given their own prescription medicines to someone else
  • Much of the self-admitted drug abuse appears to be attempts to self-medicate a medical condition
  • Only five percent say they have taken a prescription medicine – whether their own or someone else's – for the purpose of getting of high
  • Three percent of people say that have paid someone to obtain a prescription medicine
  • Only one percent of people say that they have stolen a medicine that was prescribed for someone else

"Controlling prescription drug abuse is now part of the National Drug Control Strategy by the federal government," said Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney-editor at FindLaw.com. "Prescription drug laws are intended to limit access and distribution of those drugs to persons with documented medical needs under strictly controlled conditions.
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