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Prescription Drug Use Problems among 25-40 Year-Olds

Prescription Drug Use Problems among 25-40 Year-OldsDrug abuse problems are commonly associated with adolescents, but for adults ages 25-40, certain individuals may be at a higher risk for developing a dependence on prescription pain medication.

As people get older, the statistical likelihood of developing a substance abuse problem is lower, according to a 2010 Drug Abuse Warning Network report, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For individuals in the 25- to 40-year-old age group, substance problems may occur due to chronic pain or self-medication due to the onset of mental illness.

Commonly Abused Drugs for 25-40 Year-Olds

Synthetic opiates, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone have the highest abuse rates, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by SAMHSA.

Among the 25- to 40-year-olds, there are several subgroups that are at a higher risk for misusing or overdosing on opioid painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The following individuals have a greater chance of experiencing prescription drug use problems than the average population:

  • Men
  • Individuals aged 20- to 64-years-old
  • Non-Hispanic whites
  • Residents of poor and rural areas
  • Individuals with a mental illness

Only 6.3 percent of adults 26 and older misuse any type of drug compared with 10.1 percent for 12- to 17-year-olds and 21.4 percent for 18- to 25-year-olds. In comparison the nonmedical use of painkillers was 2.3 percent for 12- to 17-year-olds and 3.6 percent for 18- to 25-year-olds, dropping to 1.9 percent (including usage of all psychopharmacological drugs) for adults 26-years-old or older.

Drug Use Facts for Young Adults

Some researchers believe the misuse of prescription painkillers is related to a genetic predisposition. In the case of synthetic opiates, some people’s brains have a more pleasurable response to the drugs and this makes them more likely to abuse them and more likely to overdose on them, according to an article on WebMD. Others believe some physicians may overprescribe painkillers giving individuals more than they need and making it more likely they will become dependent.

Recovery Options for 25-40 Year-Olds

The wide availability of prescription painkillers makes recovery challenging for some people. Since the drugs are available by prescription and may be purchased on several websites, they are easier to get than many illicit drugs.

Clinical trials conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2011 showed patients benefit from a maintenance therapy with methadone or Suboxone. In addition, individuals benefit from outpatient programs that provide counseling in a setting free from the stigma of traditional methadone clinics, according to the CDC.

Other long-term addiction treatment programs include 12-step programs that offer weekly group meetings to reinforce sobriety and a residential treatment program that offers strategies for avoiding triggers and recognizing the warning signs of a relapse.

Need Help Finding Addiction Treatment for Prescription Drugs?

Prescription painkiller abuse is rising among all age groups, including 25- to 40-year-olds. If you or a loved one is suffering from a painkiller addiction, reach out today for help. We help individuals overcome addictions with emotional, mental, and physical support to provide the best steps for recovery. Call our toll free number 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Don’t spend another day without help; call us now.

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