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Prescription drug abuse rates are rapidly increasing in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it is responsible for the consumption of 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs occurs who the drug is taken in a manner other than its intended purpose such as to get high.

Prescription drug abuse can take over someone's life if help isn't found. It doesn’t have to be this way though. For those who are struggling with prescription drug abuse and addiction, help is only a phone call away.

01-23 Americans using pets’ medications to get high: Study

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Americans using pets’ medications to get high: Study

America’s stint with prescription drugs has touched a new low. A recent study revealed that people are using their pets’ medication to fuel their dependence on drugs. The scientists found this while examining the incidence of non-prescription antibiotic use during the past one year along with the intended use to consume antibiotics and their storage decisions.

The study, published online in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in July 2016, while measuring the number of Americans who took antibiotics without prescription found that nearly 4 percent respondents had consumed medications meant for their pets. The high cost of prescription drugs could be a reason for people taking such steps, the study said.

Stressing on the impact of consuming medicines meant for their pets, co-author of the study Dr. Barbara Trautner said, “We metabolize things differently than animals do, and these drugs are formulated for animals and it may be a bad idea to take medicines meant for pets.”

For the study, titled “Non-prescription antimicrobial use in a primary care population in the United States: evidence for action,” a survey was conducted on 400 people, of which 5 percent revealed that they had taken off-prescription antibiotics during the previous year, while more than 25 percent informed that they intended to take some of them in the future.

From pain relief to a scourge

Prescription pain relievers were looked upon as the best discovery by Americans for acute and prolonged pain. Prevalence of pain in America is massive with more people suffering from it compared to those afflicted with cancer, cardiovascular disorders or diabetes. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, nearly 76.5 million Americans suffer from some pain. This indicates the importance of prescription painkillers and their high rate of consumption in the U.S.

Prescription painkillers were prescribed in large numbers to provide relief from excruciating pain, but they had an opposite effect on the lives of many Americans due to their misuse. Today, the situation is such that the country is grappling with prescription drug abuse. Opioids are seen as the new evil in the U.S, even in the medical fraternity. The interface between doctors prescribing opioids to treat pain and people using it in dosage and methods other than advised have forced the clinical community to rethink on what must be the appropriate dosage.

Among all the drugs that have left Americans completely shattered and debilitated, prescription opioids pose the greatest challenge. Though the drugs are prescribed for treatment of pain and other ailments, they are increasingly being used as addictive substances.

According to a study published in the journal Medical Care in October 2016, $78.5 billion is spent every year by the U.S. economy to tackle the widespread disaster caused by opioid abuse. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined the financial toll of opioid abuse on direct health care costs, lost productivity and those expended by the criminal justice system and found that the health expenditure was roughly 30 percent of the amount spent in treating those who had been suffering from opioid abuse in 2013.

Road to recovery

If you or your loved one has been abusing prescription drugs, it is necessary to get professional help immediately to avoid any further damage. Contact the Colorado Prescription Abuse Helpline to connect to the nearest prescription drug abuse treatment centers in Colorado. Call at the 24/7 helpline number 866-922-5915 or chat online for further information on state-of-the-art residential prescription drug abuse treatment centers in Colorado. One must not delay the treatment or the situation can get out of hand.

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