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Drug Abuse Facts

Prescription stats for Alabama for 2014

  • Narcotic Analgesics:
  • 5,551,260 — Prescriptions Written
  • 360,640,001 — Total Dosage Units from Prescriptions Written
  • 102,963,181 — Total Days of Supply from Above Prescriptions

Prescription drug abuse has always been around. It is estimated that more than 4 billion prescriptions are written annually in the US.

Is the Nation’s fastest growing drug problem and has been classified as an epidemic.

According to the CDC, approximately 100 Americans died every day due to overdoses of prescription opioids.

43% (or 16,600) of the 38,300 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, were attributed to prescription opioids.

According to the CDC, one person dies from prescription drug abuse every 19 minutes.

Opioid pain relievers were involved in more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.

America has 4% of the world’s population, but uses 40% of the pharmaceuticals produced.

Drugs of Concern

  • Oxycodone/OxyContin® (Schedule II)
  • Oxymorphone/Opana® (Schedule II)
  • Hydromorphone/Dilaudid (Schedule II)
  • Xanax®/Alprazolam (Schedule IV)
  • Methadone (Schedule II)
  • Fentanyl (Schedule II)
  • Adderall® (Schedule II)
  • Cough Syrup (Schedule V)
  • Carisoprodol/Soma® (Schedule IV)

Suggested Resources

  • What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families

    Created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. Answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. Addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems. Read More

  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families

    Describes how alcohol and drug addiction affect the whole family. Explains how substance abuse treatment works, how family interventions can be a first step to recovery, and how to help children in families affected by alcohol abuse and drug abuse. Read More

  • It's Not Your Fault (NACoA)

    Assures teens with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs that, "It's not your fault!" and that they are not alone. Encourages teens to seek emotional support from other adults, school counselors, and youth support groups such as Alateen, and provides a resource list. Read More

  • It Feels So Bad: It Doesn't Have To

    Provides information about alcohol and drug addiction to children whose parents or friends' parents might have substance abuse problems. Advises kids to take care of themselves by communicating about the problem and joining support groups such as Alateen. Read More

  • After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department

    Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative's suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home. Read More

  • Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction

    Explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery. Read More

Parent Resources

Helpful websites for parents and kids


Misusing prescription drugs is a horrible way to live. And die.