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How Cost and Availability Influence Prescription Drug Use

How Cost and Availability Influence Prescription Drug UsePrescription drugs are used by a wide variety of people. In the United States, billions of prescriptions are written each year, giving multiple prescriptions to single patients. In fact, in 2011, over four billion prescriptions were written in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescription medications are within the top ten most heavily abused drugs in the country. Of the millions of prescription drugs, the following are listed by the NIDA as the most abused:

  • Depressants
  • Stimulants
  • Opioids
  • Pain relievers

These drugs are heavily prescribed, and many people do not have follow-up appointments with the same doctor to test the effects of the drugs. The effects of the drugs do not last long and lead to a withdrawal that may take time to recover from. The feelings and lack of pain that the medications provide cause users to want to continue use, leading to addiction.

Cost and Availability of Prescription Drugs

Due to the fact that many prescription drugs are covered by insurance, they are easier to obtain than highly illegal substances. Some of the drugs are drastically cheaper with insurance, and they are more readily available.

Prescriptions drugs are not illegal unless obtained without a doctor’s prescription. However, this does not play a large role in keeping prescription drugs from being abused because many patients can see multiple doctors for prescriptions.

Because of prescription drugs’ availability, relatively low cost and legal nature, prescription drugs remain some of the most abused substances in the United States.

Prescription Drug Addiction Help

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs, seek help immediately. Please call our toll-free number today to get connected to treatment resources that will meet your individual needs. We are available 24 hours a day to assist you in finding the treatment you need to live life to the fullest.

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