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Title: Prescription Drug Abuse in the US

Prescription Drug Abuse in the US
Prescription Drug Abuse
  • When people say "drug abuse," most people think
    of illegal street drugs like cocaine,
    methamphetamine, and heroin.
  • But these kinds of drugs are only a part of the
    whole picture.
  • Millions of Americans, some of whom have never
    bought an illegal street drug in their life, have
    abused or are currently abusing prescription

What is Prescription Drug Abuse?
Prescription drug abuse is the use of regulated
narcotics in ways other than prescribed by one's
doctor. This includes  
  • Taking medication not prescribed to you
  • Taking more than the recommended dosage
  • Using medication for something other than its
    intended purpose
  • Taking medication in a method other than
    prescribed (injecting, snorting, etc.)

Prescription Drug Addiction
  • Abusing drugs, even those that have legally been
    prescribed, often leads to addiction.
    Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing
    type of drug abuse in the US. In 2008 alone,
    there were 15,000 overdose deaths from
    prescription drugs, more than the number of
    deaths caused by cocaine and heroin combined.1

Health Effects of
  • Even if someone abusing prescription drugs
    doesn't overdose, they can still suffer from one
    or more ill effects on their health.
  • Depending on the type of drugs they are abusing
    and the frequency of use, prescription drug
    abusers can suffer from
  • Hallucinations
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Hostile/paranoid behavior
  • Impaired motor function
  • Permanent brain and neurological damage
  • And more

Prescription Drugs
The Cost of Prescription Drug Abuse
  • In addition to overdoses and other health
    problems, prescription drug abuse costs the US
    economy and insurance companies billions of
    dollars every year in fraud, prevention efforts,
    and enforcement actions.  
  • Each individual abuser costs insurers
    10,000-15,000 per year.
  • In 2006, the estimated cost of lost productivity
    from prescription drug abuse was 42 billion.
  • That same year, associated criminal justice costs
    were 8.2 billion.
  • These expenses result in higher taxes and
    insurance premiums for every American, even those
    who don't abuse prescription drugs.1

Types of Prescription Drugs
  • There are many different types of prescription
    drugs, which can have different effects on the
    user. The most common categories are
  • Painkillers
  • Vicodin, OxyContin, and other opioids
  • Stimulants
  • Adderall, Ritalin, and other ADHD drugs
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Valium, Xanax, etc.
  • Cough syrup/cold remedies
  • These can often be bought over the counter, and
    include the addictive ingredient dextromethorphan
    (DXM or DM).

Overcoming Prescription Drug Abuse
  • If you or a loved one is currently abusing
    prescription drugs, it's not too late to recover.
    With the help of Yellowstone Recovery or another
    affordable drug treatment center, you can leave
    prescription drug abuse behind and learn how to
    live a life free of chemical dependency.

Treatment Center Options
  • When you check into one of Yellowstone Recovery's
    Orange County treatment centers, our staff will
    help you through the multi-step process of
    overcoming prescription drugs  
  • Detox (10 Days) Medically assisted withdrawal
    from prescription drug use 24-hour observation
    and introduction to a 12-step program.
  • Primary Care Residential Treatment (30 Days) A
    combination of 12-step meetings, group and
    individual therapy, and separation from friends
    and family in order to identify the key issues
    that are affecting their recovery.
  • Residential Treatment Extended Care (90 Days)
    Patients continue to live in our Orange County
    facility, but are gradually allowed more freedom
    to visit with family, look for a part-time job,
    and re-establish their outside life.
  • Outpatient Treatment After patients leave our
    facility, their treatment continues with regular
    group and individual therapy sessions, as well as
    continued 12-step meetings.
  • The road to recovery starts with a confidential
    phone call with one of our advisors. If you or a
    loved one needs our help, contact us as soon as
    possible so that we can begin the journey back to
    health together.

  • Yellowstone Recovery has treatment facilities
    placed throughout Costa Mesa and Newport Beach,
    CA. We treat patients of both genders, regardless
    of age, and provide them with the care and
    knowledge they need to overcome addiction. Learn
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