It’s alarming, but the increase in rates of prescription drug addiction that we have seen is becoming exceptionally high. In the 2000s, the rates of people, especially younger people, who have become addicted to and abused prescription drugs was markedly higher when compared to the 1990s, and that same trend has only continued to grow into the 2010s.
Studies have shown that the types of people who are most vulnerable to prescription drugs are students. The most commonly used prescription drug that is used by students is opioids, but Ritalin and Adderall are also widely used. Becoming addicted to prescription drugs, especially at such a young age, can only open the door to a good number of other types of drugs as well, most of which are far more addictive but even worse, far more dangerous, than even the worst of prescription drugs are.
Demographics of Prescription Drug Addiction
When it comes to demographics, Caucasians are far more likely to abuse prescription drugs than other races, and women are far more likely to abuse them than men are. It’s also been found, according to statistics, that people are more likely to abuse them regardless of their economic status, meaning wealthy, middle class, and poor people alike have an equal chance of abusing prescription drugs.
Prescription drugs are a problem that will have to be dealt with, but the problem is that they are highly available, with dealers seemingly lurking around every other corner. The sharp increase that we have witnessed for prescription drug abuse rates has correlated with a higher number of fatalities due to prescription drugs as well.
Prescription drugs may not sound as severe as other drugs such as meth, marijuana, heroin, or cocaine, but the fact remains that they are still very addictive and dangerous, and should thus be avoided at all costs.