A National Epidemic:
Opioids & Prescription Drug Abuse

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Medicine abuse is a national epidemic. More Americans are abusing prescription medicine than ever, and like other types of drug use, problematic behavior often begins during the teen and young adult years.

As shared by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, our society has become familiar — and comfortable — with the common use of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines. As new medicines for alleviating symptoms come to market, they are heavily promoted with their images advertised in newspapers, magazines, on television and the internet, raising our understanding of the conditions they treat. As a result, teens have grown up associating medicine with solving problems — and have a heightened awareness of Rx and OTC medicines.

Did You Know?

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Overdose death occur EVERY day in the U.S. - 91 of which are directly related to opioids

*Source: 2016 Medicine Abuse Project Report by Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) Operation Prevention initiative:

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People indicated misusing prescription drugs in 2014
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Teens (1 out of 5) say they have used prescription medicine once in their life to get high
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12th Grade students reported a ``great risk`` in trying heroin

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics in the Maryland

According to the CDC’s 2015 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the following are the statistics for teen’s use and abuse of prescription drugs and other illicit drugs:

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High school students that have ever drank alcohol
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High school students drank alcohol before age 13 year
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High school students usually obtained the alcohol they drank by someone giving it to them

The Crisis of Opioid-Related Deaths in Maryland

The following charts below regarding the crisis of opioid related deaths in Maryland are from the Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene’s 2016 Overdose Report.

 

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