Number of Americans Addicted to Prescription Drugs in 2008

Prescription drugs is the second most illegally abused drug in the United States after marijuana, according to the United Nations.

6.2 Million people in the United States were addicted to prescription drugs in the US in 2008.

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Source: Kate Kelland, “U.N. narcotics board warns of prescription drug abuse,” Reuters, February 24, 2010.