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Nearly 1.3 million Americans abuse prescription drugs

Nearly 1.3 million Americans 12 and older abuse prescription drugs and require treatment for their problem, a new study concludes. Older adults, women, individuals in poor health and those who drink alcohol daily are most likely to develop a prescription drug habit, according to Linda Simoni-Wastila, Ph.D., of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and colleagues. Their findings appear in the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers did not find a link between prescription drug abuse and use of illegal drugs like marijuana or cocaine.

Nearly 1.3 million Americans abuse prescription drugs

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

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Grohol, J. (2018). Nearly 1.3 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 18, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/nearly-13-million-americans-abuse-prescription-drugs/
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