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Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

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Prescription Drug Abuse StatisticsData
Percent of Americans over the age of 12 that have admitted to abusing prescription drugs20 %
Percent of new prescription drug abusers that are over the age of 1856 %
Percent of elderly who are prescribed drugs that lend themselves to abuse33 %
Percent of stimulant prescription drug abusers who experience depression23 %
Percent of the world’s Oxycodone that is consumed by the U.S.71 %
Percent of the world’s hydrocodone used by U.S. citizens99 %
Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics 
Percent of high school seniors who have abused amphetamines17 %
Number of teenagers that will become new prescription drug abusers this year3 million
Number of teens who reported abusing prescription drugs in 20062 million
Percent of high school seniors who admitted to abusing Vicodin9.3%
Percent of high school seniors who admitted to abusing OxyContin5%
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The following is the prevalence of past-year drug use among 12th graders.
Vicodin8 %
Cough Medicine6.6 %
Adderal6.5 %
Tranquilizers5.6 %
OxyContin5.1 %
Sedatives4.8 %
Ritalin2.7 %
Prescription Drug Abuse StatisticsData
The following is the number of Americans who reported past-month use of presription drugs for nonmedical purposes
Stimulants1,100,000
Sedatives and Tranquilizers2,600,000
Pain Relievers5,100,000
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: University of Michigan, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse, Pocket Fives
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 22, 2017

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

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