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Text Description of Infographic: Figure 1: 52 Million people in the US, over the age of 12, have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime.1 Figure 2: 6.1 Million people have used them non-medically in the past month.2 5 percent of the United States is the world's population and consumes 75 percent of the the world's prescription drugs.3 Figure 3: In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every american adult every 4 hours for 1 month.4 The number of prescription medicine abusers in 2010 was 8.76 million. Most abused prescription drugs fall under 3 categories: 5 Painkillers: 5.1 million Tranquilizers: 2.2 million Stimulants: 1.1 million Figure 4: Non-medical use of prescription drugs by state6 Figure 5: Where are prescription drugs obtained?7 0.3%: Bought on the internet 1.9%: More than one doctor 2.2%: Other 3.9%: Drug dealer or stranger 16.6% Bought/took from friend or relative 18.1%: One doctor 54.2%: FREE from friend or relative Figure 6: Twelve reasons teens use prescription drugs:8 62%: Easy to get from parent's medicine cabinets 52%: Available everywhere 51%: They are not illegal drugs 50%: Easy to get through other people's prescriptions 49%: Can claim to have prescription if caught 43%: They are cheap 35%: Safer to use than illegal drugs 33%: Less shame attached to using 32%: Easy to purchase over the internet 32%: Fewer side effects than street drugs 25%: Can be used as study aids 21%: Parents don't care as much if caught Figure 7: Sources NSDUH: NSDUH: PBS: UNODC: D... (PDF, 10MB) University of Texas: (PDF, 267KB) FDA: Drug Fast Facts: In 2011, 52 million people in the US age 12 had used prescription drugs nonmedically at least once in their lifetime, 6.2 million in the past month. “Combating Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs: Q&A with Michael Klein, Ph.D.” Consumer Updates. United States Food and Drug Administration, 28 July 2010. The United States has 5% of the world’s population & consumes 75% of the world’s prescription drugs. Source: D... (PDF, 10MB) OLD: Yachter, David (2009). Born a Champion: The Master Strategy for Maximum Health and Lasting Success. Outskirts Press. Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult every 4 hours for one month. Kane, Jason. “Prescription Drug Abuse: Top 10 things CDC Says You Should Know.” PBS Newshour, 2013. The number of prescription medicine abusers in 2010 was 7 million. “Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse.” National Institute on Drug Abuse Painkillers: 5.1 million abusers Tranquilizers: 2.2 million abusers Stimulants: 1.1 million abusers “Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse.” National Institute on Drug Abuse Map: nonmedical use of prescription drugs by state “State Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 8 Jan. 2013. Double pie chart: where prescription drugs are obtained “Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Sept. 2012. Reasons Teens Cite for Using Prescription Drugs Maxwell, Jane Carlisle. “Trends in the Abuse of Prescription Drugs.” The Gulf Coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center. The University of Texas at Austin, Nov. 2006. (PDF, 267KB) UPDATED INFO: On the 52 Million. This stat is actually reported to be the same number in 2011 via the NIDA, Nov. 2011 report. Here’s another source: (PDF, 4MB) In 2011, there were 6.1 million persons (2.4 percent) aged 12 or older who used prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs nonmedically in the past month. These estimates were lower than the estimates in 2010 (7.0 million or 2.7 percent) 6.1 MILLION people have used them non-medically in the past month. (NSDUH, 2011) Among youths aged 12 to 17, the rate of current nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs declined from 4.0 percent in 2002 to 2.8 percent in 2011. The rate of nonmedical pain reliever use declined during this period from 3.2 to 2.3 percent among youths. = 2.8% of population at end of 2011 (312.8 million) - That means the # of Prescription Medicine Abusers in 2010 was: 8.76 MILLION. US Population: End of 2011 - 312.8 Million
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