Medicine Abuse

Overview

Got Drugs? DEA Take BackPrescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic.

Did you know that more than 6 million people ages 12 or older have abused a prescription drug and one in 10 youth ages 12 through 17, or 2,400,000 children, reports having intentionally abused cough medicine to get high?

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Prescription drug abuse is a national problem affecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

Teens and young adults are especially susceptible to prescription drug abuse.

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Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem throughout the nation. And more often than not, the problem starts right in our own homes. Over 70% of those who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from a friend or relative, typically without their knowledge.

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Most Commonly Abused Medicine

Teen's Rx Drugs of Choice For Abuse

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Amped, New Synthetic Drug Used to Get High

by By Mikaela Conley, ABC News,May 8, 2012 6:30am | View Article

Amped, a new type of synthetic drug that falls into the street category of bath salts, is being used by people in Virginia to get high, and likely in other parts of the country as well.

The drug is touted as a ladybug attractant, but at least six cases of people ingesting the chemical compound have been reported in Eastern and Central Virginia, according to Dr. Rutherfoord Rose, director of the Virginia Poison Center.

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