Addiction Help in Kentucky Can Help the Growing Prescription Drug Epidemic
”Kentucky leads the nation in the non-medical prescription drug use, especially when it comes to pain relievers and tranquilizers.” According to a recent report from WAVE 3, one in ten Kentucky high school seniors uses prescription drugs at least monthly. With a population of 290,000 kids in the state between the ages of 14 and 18, that translates into roughly 29,000 kids who will most likely use prescription drugs every single month in their senior year if that trends continues. That’s a lot of potential addicts looking for OxyContin, Vicodin or Xanax – and a lot of families who will be looking for addiction help.
If you draw it down further and compare it to alcohol, at least half, about 14,500, could become prescription drug addicts. And that doesn’t include the over-the-counter drugs like Robitussin DM.
Nationwide, prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs are being abused by and millions of new users every year – and Kentucky has a bigger problem than most. A few years ago there were 30,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms for OxyContin alone, and the death toll quadrupled during that same period.
If you live in Kentucky, get the addiction help services you need before you become one of the casualties.