Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Prescription Drug Abuse, Pocket Fives
Research Date: 3.20.2014
Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics
Percent of Americans over the age of 12 that have admitted to abusing prescription drugs 20 %
Percent of new prescription drug abusers that are over the age of 18 56%
Percent of elderly who are prescribed drugs that lend themselves to abuse 33%
Percent of stimulant prescription drug abusers who experience depression 23%
Percent of the world’s oxycodone that is consumed by the U.S. 71%
Percent of the world’s hydrocodone used by U.S. citizens 99%
Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics  
Percent of high school seniors who have abused amphetamines 17 %
Number of teenagers that will become new prescription drug abusers this year 3 million
Number of teens who reported abusing prescription drugs in 2006 2 million
Percent of high school seniors who admitted to abusing Vicodin 9.3%
Percent of high school seniors who admitted to abusing OxyContin 5%
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