Prescription Drug Abuse in the United States in 2012

A report by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration released in April 2012 stated that 7 million Americans were abusing prescription drugs. 75 percent of all drug overdose deaths in the United States involved prescription drugs, and three out of every four overdose deaths involved opioid pain revilers.

The report also found that 55 percent of prescription drug abusers who use pain relievers got them for free from friends and family, while 11 percent bought them from friends and family and 5 percent simply took them from friends and family.

Source:  David Morgan, “Prescription drug abuse abetted by family, friends: study,” Reuters, April 25, 2012.