Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
of prescription drugs to get high has become increasingly prevalent
among teens and young adults. Past year abuse of prescription pain
killers now ranks second—only behind marijuana—as the Nation's
most prevalent illegal drug problem.
What are some trends in prescription drug abuse?
A number of national studies and published reports indicate that
the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, such as pain relievers,
tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives, to get high is a growing
concern particularly among teens.
How should prescription drugs be disposed of?
Unless the label instructs differently, unused prescription drugs
should be disposed of in the trash.
What are some facts and statistics about prescription drug abuse?
There are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly
- opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, and morphine;
- central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as barbiturates and
- stimulants such as dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate
Prescription Drugs Facts & Figures
How can I report the illegal sales of prescription drugs?
The DEA has a toll-free international hotline to report the illegal
sale and abuse of prescription drugs: 1-877-RxAbuse (1-877-792-2873).
The illegal sale of drugs on the Internet or in e-mails can
be reported to the following agencies: Internet
Crime Complaint Center (IC3), Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) Diversion Control Program, and
and Drug Administration (FDA).
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