Prevalence Of Illegal Use of Prescription Drugs In The US

"Use of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past year was fairly common in the United States. In 2015, an estimated 119.0 million Americans aged 12 or older were past year users of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs, representing 44.5 percent of the population (Figure 1).
"Of the four categories of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs presented in this report (i.e., pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives), prescription pain relievers were the most commonly used (Figure 1). Approximately 97.5 million people aged 12 or older were past year users of prescription pain relievers in 2015, representing more than one third (36.4 percent) of the population aged 12 or older. In addition, approximately 39.3 million people were past year users of prescription tranquilizers in 2015, representing 14.7 percent of people aged 12 or older. Approximately 17.2 million people were past year users of prescription stimulants in 2015, representing 6.4 percent of the population aged 12 or older. Approximately 18.6 million people were past year users of prescription sedatives in 2015, representing 6.9 percent of the population aged 12 or older."

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, NSDUH Data Review, Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, September 2016, pp. 4-5.
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