Number of Prescription Drug Abusers in the US in 2009

16 million people in the United States, or 6.4 percent of the population, abused prescription drugs in 2009. The abuse of tranquilizers, pain relievers, and sedatives were up from the 15.2 million who abused the drugs in 2008. By comparison, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board found that 4.8 million Americans abused cocaine in 2009.

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Amount of Cocaine Produced in Colombia in 2009

270 tons of cocaine was produced in Colombia in 2009, according to the US Office of National Drug Control Policy. The 2009 amount was lower then the 280 tons produced in 2008 and the 700 tons produced in 2001. 95 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States is produced in Colombia.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Deaths in the United States in 2007

Prescription drug abuse in the United States led to 27,658 overdose deaths in 2007. The total number of deaths from prescription drugs were higher than the overdose deaths of heroin and cocaine combined, according to the US Center for Disease Control.

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