Prescription Drug Addiction: A Case Study

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The U.S. life time prevalence rate for prescription drug addiction in elderly adults has been estimated to be over 2.5%. This equates to more than 12 million people being addicted to a prescription drug. In women, the prevalence rate has been estimated at 5%, while for those ages 12-17, almost 3.1% reported using prescription drugs for recreational purposes. Jafari, S. (2014) Prescription painkillers are obtained in various ways, as well as giving by relatives/friends for free (55%), prescribed by a doctor (17.3%), bought from relatives or friends (11.4%), taken from relatives or friends without asking (4.8%), and bought from drug dealers (4.4%). a. Drug Enforcement Administration- Law enforcement officers seized 173,749 dosage units of prescription

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