Prescription pain killer abuse and addiction are on the rise in the U.S. Over 7 million people nationwide have admitted to misusing prescription pain killers – 2 million of those people started abusing prescription drugs last year.

Some of the most popular prescription pain killers people abuse include Oxycodone, OxyContin, Hydromorphone, Dilaudid, and Roxycodone. In high doses, and combined with other drugs or alcohol, prescription pain killers can be deadly.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 16,000 people died of drug overdose in 2002 – 45% of those deaths were the direct result of prescription pain killers, outnumbering both Heroin and Cocaine related deaths that year.

Prescription pain killer abuse has typically been associated with adolescents and young adults, but 2005 data (the most recent available for drug related deaths) suggests addiction is on the rise in people ages 40 and older. Many people in this age group never intended to use drugs recreationally, and are too embarrassed to seek treatment.

Often people are prescribed pain killers for relief from an injury or for a medical condition. Frequent use of these powerful drugs causes their bodies and their minds to develop a dependency. Soon the only way to feel normal is to take them on a regular basis. With proper treatment, it is possible for people to live a fulfilling, happy life, without the use of prescription drugs.

People who abuse prescription pain killers often deny they have a problem. They believe that because prescription drugs are legal, their use is justified, even if it exceeds doctors’ orders.

The truth is drug abuse is the use of any drug – legal or illegal – outside of its intended use. When people are in denial, it makes getting treatment very difficult. As a friend or family member, you have a responsibility to ensure your loved one gets the help he/she needs.

If you suspect that you or someone you know has a problem with prescription drug abuse, give us a call, toll free: (800) 553-9993

We can help you overcome your addiction. We can help you live the life you deserve.