A Rising Epidemic on College Campuses: Prescription Drug Abuse

by Clinton Foundation
January 12, 2014

Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem. More people in the US died last year of drug overdoses than died in car accidents, making prescription drug abuse the third leading cause of accidental death. In the last 20 years, the consumption of prescription stimulants increased from 5 million to 45 million. In the US, one person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose, and overdoses involving prescription painkillers now kill more Americans than those involving heroin and cocaine combined.

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