Prescription Drug Abuse

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. With that has come an increase in the rate of overdose deaths from prescription pain killers. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study on prescription drug abuse by The Centers for Disease Control in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Overdose deaths from prescription pain killers is rising, and research suggests its not people looking for a quick fix, but long-term use that may be leading to the problem.

A Centers for Disease Control study showed the number of people who abused prescription pain killers for more than 200 days in the last year rose by nearly 75 percent between 2002 to 2003 and 2009 to 2010. But estimates for overall past-year abuse have stayed about the same since 2002.

Deaths from overdoses involving prescription pain killers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone, increased by 109 percent during the same time period.

In the study, researchers compared data on prescription pain killer use gathered by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The results showed that the rate of chronic drug abuse for 200 to 365 days increased by 75 percent. The biggest increases in chronic prescription pain killer abuse were seen among men and young to middle-aged adults.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.