Save friends – Shocking (Prescription) Drug Stats!

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I received a terrific letter from Mary who works for, after she read my blog on “Could You Save a Friend? QUIZ.” She gave me updated information and stats in prescription drug abuse. Did you know, “The biggest abusers of prescription drugs are aged 18-25”? I’m sharing her information so you can save friends from prescription drug overdoses – know the facts and find help. Learn about the “Shocking Drug Stats” and locate a help center near you or your friends.

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1. Fact: The United States consumes 80% of the world’s pain medication while only having 6% of the world’s population.Source: ASIPP American Society of International Pain Physicians

2. Fact: In the United States, deaths from pain medication abuse are outnumbering deaths from traffic accidents in young adults. Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

3. Fact: American dies from a prescription drug overdose every 19 minutes. Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4. Fact: The biggest abusers of prescription drugs aged 18-25. Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“Hello Editor,

I came across your post on saving a friend here

My name is Mary I work with, a national behavioral health care company. CRC recently created a graphic which I believe helps to illustrate prescription addiction. I thought I would send this over to you in case you felt your readers would benefit from it.

A copy of the graphic is embedded in the url below which you are free to publish as you see fit.

Thanks for your time and all that you do to educate your readers about the science of addiction and value of saving a friend.



CRC Health”

Call 877-637-6237 for more information.

Remember… a great friend can save friends lives and that can start with you!

Thanks to Mary for sharing her information to help save friends.

For more friend information go to “Who You Gonna Call? Facing Fears with Friends,“ and we’d love to hear your feedback!

Image courtesy: CRC Health (Click on image link to make it bigger)

© Glenda 2014

Please note: I hide specific and identifiable details in my friend stories as these stories are examples of behavior and not meant to hurt anyone. These stories are based on my opinion and perspective, except when the people written about are in the public domain. Any advice in this blog is from my insights, research and opinion only, and must not be considered as legal or medical advice.

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