Widespread Use of Psychotherapeutic Drugs Provides Ample Supply for Abuse

Almost half of all Americans take prescription painkillers, tranquilizers, stimulants or sedatives, according to results of a federal survey released recently. The prevalent use of these drugs could help explain why millions of Americans end up misusing or abusing them. Last year, for the first time, the government’s National Survey on Drug Use decided to ask the people it interviewed about all uses of prescription medicines, not just inappropriate use. The survey found that 119 million Americans age 12 and over took prescription psychotherapeutic drugs. That’s 45 percent of the population. Sixteen percent (16%) of all prescription drug use was actually misuse, according to the report. (Source: NPR)