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The Partnership at Drugfree.org Comments on National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Statement of Steve Pasierb, President and CEO
Date:9/4/2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mixed news from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found that while prescription (Rx) drug abuse among young adults has decreased from its peak in 2009, the same progress has not been made to achieve year-to year declines (from 2010-2012) in abuse of Rx medicines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has deemed abuse of prescription medicines an "epidemic" and one that continues to threaten the health and well-being of American teens and young people.

The new survey found the number of young adults (ages 18 to 25) who used prescription (Rx) drugs for non-medical purposes in the past month was 5.3 percent, similar to rates in 2010 and 2011, but significantly lower than the rate from 2009 (6.4 percent). NSDUH underscored the fact that the non-medical use of Rx medicines among children (ages 12 to 17) is also unchanged since 2010 – remaining at levels that are unacceptably high – and should serve as a renewed wake-up call for parents and caregivers to take action.

"These new data show the abuse of Rx medicine remains a pervasive problem among our nation's youth and although there's been some improvement among young adults in recent years, medicine abuse is a health concern that continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of our children," said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. "We tend to drastically underestimate the negative health consequences that medicine abuse is having on our kids. But the truth is that right now, this dangerous behavior is causing damage to families across the country. From the easy accessibility that teens have to medicines in their own homes, coupled with a low perception of risk in abusing them – to parents giving their own kids medicines th
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