The Epidemics

THE FACTS ABOUT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., killing
more than auto accidents and firearms.

Every 18.5 minutes, another American dies from a drug overdose.

Drug overdoses have claimed more than 250,000 Americans since 2000.

Prescription drugs are the most
commonly abused substances
among 12 and 13 year olds.

24% of our high school
students have abused
prescription drugs.

Americans represent 5% of the
world’s population yet consume
80% of its controlled substances.

PILFERING: Heroin Addiction Starts Here

Four out of five
heroin users started
with a prescription opioid.

90% of abusers
start in their teens.

The #1 source for teen abuse
is pilfering from family
medicine cabinets.