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- Prescription drug misuse has become a large public health problem, because misuse can lead to addiction, and even overdose deaths
The Smart Drug,
Vitamin R, and
Uppers (Cocaine, Amphetamines, and Methamphetamine).
- Popular heartburn drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) tied to a variety of health problems, including serious kidney damage, bone fractures and dementia.
- According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days.
The estimated cost of drug abuse exceeds $190 Billion: $130 Billion in lost productivity, $20 Billion in healthcare costs, and $40 Billion in legal costs including efforts to stem the flow of drugs.
The most commonly used and abused drug, after alcohol, is marijuana, cocaine,
heroin, inhalants, LSD (acid),
MDMA (ecstasy), methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP),
steroids (anabolic), Vicodin, OxyContin and other prescription drugs.
- Taking prescription drugs not prescribed for you by a doctor or in a way that hasn't been recommended by a doctor, can be more dangerous than you think. In fact, it can be fatal.
Prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused category of drugs, behind alcohol and marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. An estimated 48 million people have abused prescription drugs, representing nearly 20% of the U.S. population.
- Every day in the U.S, 2,500 youth (12 to 17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time;
more than 15 million Americans abuse prescription drugs at any given time, and 120,000 + Americans are hospitalized each year for overdosing on painkillers.
Rural America is a target for prescription drug abuse because of easy access. Unlike larger, metropolitan cities, where access to drugs like cocaine and heroin are prevalent, rural towns don’t have these options.
Depressants, opioids and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths (45%) than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines (39%) combined.
- FDA warns about the risk of hepatitis B reactivating in some patients treated with direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C.
- FDA warns about serious risks and death when combining opioid pain or cough medicines with benzodiazepines; requires its strongest warning.
- Wells Pharmacy Network issues voluntary nationwide recall of Sterile products due to concern for lack of Sterility Assurance.
- The prices of cold-sore cream Denavir,
cancer drug Nilandron, beta blocker Dutoprol, and osteoporosis treatment
Miacalcin jumped 372 percent, 989 percent, 1,057 percent, and 3,259 percent, in January 2013, August 2014, May 2015, and September 2015, respectively.
- In the U.S. there are one device and 16 FDA approved drugs to treat brain tumors:
- In the U.S. there are 6 FDA approved drugs to prevent breast cancer (below) and many FDA approved drugs to treat breast cancer:
- Every day in the US, 2,500 youth (12 to 17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time.
Most of the prescription drugs abused by teens come from family medicine cabinets and from friends
- After marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medicines account for most of the top drugs abused by 12th graders.
- Of the 1.4 million drug-related emergency room admissions in 2005, 598,542 were associated with abuse of pharmaceuticals alone or with other drugs.
- Prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused category of drugs, behind alcohol and marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
Overall, an estimated 48 million people have abused prescription drugs, representing nearly 20% of the U.S. population.
- Three kinds of prescription drugs that are commonly abused are:
- Opioids—painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, or codeine
- Depressants—like those used to relieve anxiety or help a person sleep, such as Valium or Xanax
- Stimulants—like those used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin
- About 16 million people in the U.S. abuse prescription medications; an estimated 20% of high school students admit to taking a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription.
Prescription drug abuse rates are highest during the teens and 20s, although rates are increasing among those in their 50s ("baby boomers").
- After marijuana and alcohol, the most common drugs teens are misuing or abusing are prescription medications; more than 1,600 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day.
- In the U.S. the number of new drugs under development continues to shrink. During the past 3 years FDA approved 68 new drugs: 17 approvals in 2010, 25 in 2009 and 26 in 2008.
- In 2008, the top 5 generic drugs sold in the US are
Omeprazole ($1.15B), and
Metoprolol Succinate ($1.12B).
- Drug patent expirations (2008 & 2009):
Acular (used for treat Eye pain),
Arimidex (Breast cancer),
Cellcept (Organ rejection),
Camptosar (Colon and rectum cancers),
Casodex (Prostate cancer),
Effexor XR (Depression),
Prograf (Organ rejection),
Trusopt (Glaucoma), and
- In 2008, the top 5 branded drugs sold in the US are
Advair Diskus ($3.57B), and
- In 2007, the top 5 generic drugs used in hospitals in the US are
Revlimid ($1.15B), and