Prescription drug addiction is growing epidemic in the United States. The rate of drug overdoses related to the abuse of prescription painkillers has quadrupled since 1999. The Center for Disease Control reported that there were 48,982 drug overdose deaths in 2013, with prescription drugs making up over half of them. Within these prescription drug-related deaths, 70 percent were from prescription opioids and 30 percent were from benzodiazepines. It has shown to be ramped across all demographics and despite the efforts of law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies to lessen the issue, it still continues to rise.
According to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s pain medication, despite the fact that it holds only 4.6 percent of the world’s population. This staggering statistics helps paint a clearer picture of just how prevalent this issue really is compared to the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, many who suffer from addiction never seek treatment but this doesn’t have to be the case. Learn to recognize the signs of prescription drug abuse so you know when its time to find help:
- Contracted pupils (do not respond to changes in light)
- Excessive fatigue or “nodding” out
- Slurred speech
- Profusely sweating
If you or someone you know is struggling with prescription drug addiction, please don’t hesitate to call the California Prescription Drug Addiction Helpline to speak with a representative. They will have you find treatment options and help you or your loved ones get moving on their way to recovery. You may contact us at 855-738-2770.