SAMHSA: Prescription Medication Abuse Remains Problematic.

CQ (1/9, Adams, Subscription Publication) reports, “Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana as the nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problem,” according to an analysis released Jan. 8 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The study showed “seven of the 10 states with the highest rates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers were in the West: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.” The authors of the SAMHSA report also noted “some progress,” namely, that “prescription drug misuse among people over age 12 fell in 10 states (Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and West Virginia).” Moreover, when they compared 2009-2010 data with the 2010-2011 data, they found that there was no worsening of prescription medication misuse in any state during the two, combined time frames.

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