Prescription drug abuse is growing rapidly in the US. Prescription drugs are considered illicit when they are used non-medically. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2010 two million people in the US took prescription drugs for the first time for non-medical reasons. This amounts to nearly 5,500 people per day. In 2008, there were 14,800 deaths nationally from prescription painkillers reported by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These deaths added up to more than deaths from heroin and cocaine.
The state of Kansas, although not experiencing the highest number of prescription drug related overdoses, still reports deaths from prescription drug abuse. In 2008, eight people in every 100,000 in Kansas experienced an overdose from prescription drugs (according to the CDC). The main source of these drugs is from a friend or a relative who has been legally prescribed the medication, either for free, by purchasing them, or by theft. If you are taking prescription drugs for non-medical reasons, or you know someone who is, you need to take action to ensure that there is not another prescription drug related death. Our website has a list of drug rehabilitation facilities in Kansas that can help with prescription drug abuse. Seeking help is the first step on the road to a healthy, drug-free life.
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