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One decade, one big leap in dangerous behavior

December 14, 2011 11:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you think prescription drug use is somehow “safer” than other drugs, think again. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), treatment admissions for prescription drug abuse rose 430 percent from 1999 to 2009.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org reports SAMHSA’s findings, stating that, while admissions for heroin, cocaine, alcohol abuse and methamphetamine treatment have declined in recent years, admissions have risen both for prescription drug and marijuana abuse.