Prevalence Of Illegal Use of Prescription Drugs In The US

"In 2016, an estimated 6.2 million Americans aged 12 or older misused psychotherapeutic drugs at least once in the past month, which represent 2.3 percent of the population aged 12 or older (Figures 18 and 19). Of the four categories of prescription drugs that are presented in this report, prescription pain relievers were the most commonly misused by people aged 12 or older. The 6.2 million people aged 12 or older who misused prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past month included 3.3 million who misused prescription pain relievers in that period. Approximately 2.0 million people aged 12 or older misused prescription tranquilizers in the past month. An estimated 1.7 million people aged 12 or older misused prescription stimulants, and 497,000 (0.5 million) misused prescription sedatives in the past month.
"An estimated 389,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 misused psychotherapeutic drugs at least once in the past month, which rounds to the estimate of 0.4 million adolescents shown in Figure 19. Stated another way, about 1 in 60 adolescents (1.6 percent) were current misusers of psychotherapeutic drugs. An estimated 1.6 million young adults aged 18 to 25 were current misusers of psychotherapeutic drugs, which corresponds to 4.6 percent of young adults. There were 4.2 million adults aged 26 or older who were current misusers of psychotherapeutic drugs, or 2.0 percent of adults in this age group."

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 17-5044, NSDUH Series H-52). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
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