Articles

The following is a small collection of Concurrent Disorders related Journal Articles:

Why Do Adults Misuse Prescription Drugs?

Rachel N. Lipari, Ph.D., Matthew Williams, Ph.D., and Struther L. Van Horn, M.A.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 91.8 million adults aged 18 or older were past year users of prescription pain relievers in 2015, representing more than one-third (37.8 percent) of the adult population.

Although prescription drug misuse is common in the United States, the majority of people (87.2 percent) who take prescription pain relievers do not misuse them. Understanding the prevalence of and reasons for prescription drug misuse has major public health implications. Policymakers can use this type of information to help inform their assessments of substance use prevention and treatment needs in their communities.

Kim T. Mueser & Susan Gingerich, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University (2013)

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