“Addiction to prescription drugs is now one of the nation’s most serious drug problems,” according to Rod Colvin, author of Overcoming Prescription Drug Addiction.
Statistics from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Prescription drug overdose is now the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States. (Motor vehicle deaths are first.)
Approximately 26,000 Americans are dying from prescription drug overdoses annually, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly 120,000 Americans go to hospital emergency rooms after overdosing on painkillers.
An estimated 10.0 million individuals 12 to 20 years of age admitted to being drinkers; 6.5 million were binge drinkers and 2.0 million heavy drinkers.
Over six million children in America live with at least one parent who has a drug addiction.
Since 1980, the number of deaths related to drug overdoses has risen over 540 percent.
Each year, drug abuse and drug addiction cost employers over $122 billion in lost productivity time and another $15 billion in health insurance costs.
Since 1990, the number of individuals who take prescription drugs illegally is believed to have risen by over 500 percent.
Source: 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health