Infographic: Abuse of Prescription Drugs Affects Young Adults Most

Friday, July 26th, 2013
This post was written by Jackie Lyons

Young adults make up the largest group of abusers of opiod pain relievers, ADHD stimulants and anti-anxiety drugs. In 2010, almost 3,000 young adults died from prescription drug overdoses and many more needed emergency treatment.

For every young adult death due to prescription overdose, there are 17 treatment admissions and 66 emergency room visits, according to a new infographic from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The infographic also includes information about the nonmedical use of prescription drugs in the past year and the common motivations for and likely consequences of prescription drug use.

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