Drug Addiction Can Affect Anyone

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 You Probably Need to Find Help
Getting Off a Prescription Drug if:

  • Do you need higher doses of a drug to get the same relief as you did before?

  • Are you afraid to stop taking the medication you’re on?

  • Have you been taking pain medication longer than you feel is necessary?

  • When you try to stop taking your medication do you feel all your problems have returned?

  • Are you frustrated about not getting better?

  • Are you afraid you could be on medication for the rest of your life?

  • Would you like to take back your life?

In case you feel alone, here are some noteworthy statistics.

In 2009, 7 million Americans reported current (past month) non-medical use of prescription drugs.

This number does not include Americans using prescription medications for medical reasons,

such as pain relief, even though those medications have stopped working.

Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher. In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses, and most of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs. Prescription painkillers alone were responsible for over 14,800 of these deaths.