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Thousands of people across Alabama are slowly killing themselves. They’re addicted to drugs. It might be painkillers, synthetic drugs or heroin. Addiction can touch anyone’s life. But recovery is possible. Help spread awareness.

Zero Addiction is a partnership of Alabama District Attorneys Association, the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services and the Alabama Department Of Public Health to encourage families and friends to talk to anyone they know who might be addicted to drugs.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Information

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)

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

According to drugabuse.gov, commonly misused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).

Opioids include:

  • Fentanyl (Duragesic®)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin®)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin®)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana®)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon®)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®)
  • Meperidine (Demerol®)
  • Diphenoxylate (Lomotil®)

Central nervous system depressants include

  • Pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal®)
  • Diazepam (Valium®)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax®)

Stimulants include

  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®)
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin® and Concerta®)
  • Amphetamines (Adderall®)