Fewer young adults abusing prescription drugs

Fewer Young Adults Abusing Prescription DrugsAbout 2.3 million children and adults abused prescription drugs for the first time last year, according to a new government survey on drug use in America.

That’s about 6,400 new prescription drug abusers a day—taking everything from pain relievers and tranquilizers to stimulants and sedatives.

But a Monday report on prescription drug abuse from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows a 14% drop in the number of young people aged 18 to 25 who are abusing prescription drugs – from 2 million in 2010 to 1.7 million last year.

“The fact that it dropped specifically among 18 to 25-year-olds was a very welcome piece of information, since this is a group of people who enter into the workforce and begin college and begin families. To see that their use was declining was good news for the nation,” said Dr. Peter Delany, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Prescription drug abuse starts on average at age 22. Among young people, only the use of marijuana is more common.

Full story of young adults prescriptions at CNN Health

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