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  • Every day, 40 Americans die from an overdose caused by prescription
    painkiller abuse, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And
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    Prevention. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than heroin and cocaine combined.
  • Two in five teenagers mistakenly believe prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs, according to the DEA, and three in 10 teens mistakenly believe prescription painkillers are not addictive. such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines.
  • In the United States, every day 2,500 youths take a prescription pain reliever for the purpose of getting high for the very first time, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
  • The number of American teenagers and adults who abuse prescription drugs is greater than those who use cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, compiled by the US Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • In June 2011, the New Jersey State Commission on Investigation reported that a growing number of young people are abusing prescription drugs, and noted a significant trend in which the practice has led to increases, not only in the number of young people addicted to painkillers, but to the number of young people using heroin as well.


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