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Prescription Drugs

Drugged Driving

Use of illegal drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe—just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drugged driving puts not only the driver but also passengers and others who share the road at risk.

Drug Abuse at Highest Level in Nearly a Decade

Reports on 2009 data indicating a rise in drug abuse in the United States and the factors that may have contributed to this increase.

Teenage Marijuana Use Is on the Rise

Reports 2010 rates of marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, noting that daily use increased by more than 10 percent in all three grades since the 2009 survey. Also reports a rise in ecstasy use.

Analysis of opioid prescription practices finds areas of concern

An analysis of national prescribing patterns shows that more than half of patients who received an opioid prescription in 2009 had filled another opioid prescription within the previous 30 days.


Prescription Drugs & Cold Medicines

What is Prescription Drug Abuse:

Some medications have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused—that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed. In fact, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older. Learn more

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Commonly Abused Drugs:

Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).

Substance Abuse Evaluated Among Women With Children

Discusses rates of substance use or abuse among mothers with at-home children and the factors that may contribute to the abuse.

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