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Abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise

A recent article in the UCLA health system magazine Vital Signs talks about the increased prevalence of prescription drug abuse.

Apparently, at 20%, prescription drugs are now the most commonly abused group of substances after alcohol and marijuana. With the same prevalence among teens, this is certainly a concern.

The article notes a few indicators of abuse, though for those knowledgeable in addiction matters, there are no surprises on this list:

The article goes on to describe possible treatments, but the most interesting suggestion was the inclusion of drug-testing in physicians’ offices and the use of national databases to keep track of the medication that people have and are being prescribed.

Good ideas.

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