Internet Without Drugs
The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that twenty percent of American adults have used a prescription drug for non-medical reasons.
According to another survey by SAMHSA, about 16 million Americans, or seven percent of the adult population, have abused a prescription drug in the past year. Chances are, everyone reading this knows at least one person who is at risk for addiction.
The most dangerous thing about prescription drug addiction is that it can happen to anyone. While street drugs can be addictive and deadly, they’re also easy to identify. Nobody starts smoking crack or using heroin by accident. People still use them, for a variety of reasons, and there are always resources to help those people, but there’s at least a well-known method of addiction prevention: don’t start using.
With prescription drugs, things get more complicated because drugs like Vicodin, Xanax and Adderall are prescribed medications. People get these drugs from their doctors, often to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, and ADHD. Without these necessary medicines, many people wouldn’t be able to live healthy lives.
But sometimes, people find themselves needing more of the drug to find relief, or needing to continue using it even when there’s no longer any medical reason for doing so. When that happens, a person has become addicted and crossed over from using medicine to abusing a drug. They may need help to quit.
Internet Without Drugs is dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. We also provide resources for family members who may be concerned that their loved ones have become addicted, and a list of national treatment centers who can help.