Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Taking Prescription Drugs

healthusA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the overall health of the Unites States included additional information on prescription drugs. According to the report, 48 percent of adults in the U.S. are currently on some type of prescription drugs, which is up from 39 percent about 20 years ago. The number represent a 25% increase.

While medications are usually life-saving medical advancements for most conditions, there also can be side effects and additional complications. One of the problems with some of the drugs can be the abuse potential and dependency rate. This is of course especially the case when it comes to prescription painkillers. A little more than 10% of the prescriptions were for painkillers overall.

With the rise in painkiller use and abuse unfortunately came major consequences. The total number of overdose deaths from prescription narcotics tripled in the past decade.

What is really being done about this? For starters, there has definitely been more media attention brought to the opiate overdose epidemic, especially in the Northeastern United States. There has also been a big push to make naloxone more available to help prevent overdose deaths.

Are these things enough though? With the continuous advertisements claiming there is a pill for virtually every problem, it appears that maybe the culture as a whole must start to shift toward seeking healthier alternatives and resorting to medications only when necessary. Things like a healthy diet, exercise, time with family, creative outlets, religion, work, volunteering and other social groups can help people feel better mentally and physically.

If you have a loved one who is dependent on or abusing prescription drugs and would like to find help, contact Family First Intervention today.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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