By: SOL Recovery Center 14 Jul 2016

You wouldn’t typically describe your local prescription counter as dangerous… However, you may reconsider given a 2013 survey which uncovered the fact that over 15 million citizens, twelve and up, have been identified as misusers of prescription drugs. From 1997 to 2007, opiate prescriptions filled increased by an alarming 400 percent.

This information highlights the very real threat of prescription drug abuse. To combat this very serious issue, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) was introduced in February 2015 and passed in May 2016. This initiative put in place community-based strategies to combat prescription drug addiction and aid in the recovery process.

Accessibility plays a huge role in the prescription drug problem. It has been reported that over 70 percent of those who have been found to abuse prescription drugs, acquired them from a friend or family member. This is a dangerous reality and we should heed the warnings of keeping out of reach of children and others. Misuse of these medications can result in behavioral and physical dependency with some drugs like opiates posing a greater risk than others drugs.

Progress, however, is being made that includes holding prescribing doctors more accountable for their patients and the medication they prescribe and looking into new ways to monitor prescription drug use.

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