The percentage of people who misused pain relievers who
got the drug from a friend or relative. About one in three
misused their own prescriptions, and about 5 percent
bought it from a stranger or drug dealer.
The estimated percentage of this use that was actually
misuse of the drug—defined as taking it “in any way that a
doctor did not direct you.” That includes using drugs from
another person’s prescription or even using your own
prescription more frequently than directed. Overall, an
estimated 12. 5 million people misused pain relievers,
6. 1 million misused tranquilizers, 5. 3 million misused
stimulants and 1. 5 million misused sedatives.
THE USE AND MISUSE OF
Nearly half of all Americans took at least one prescription
pain reliever, tranquilizer, sedative or stimulant last year,
a federal survey finds
The estimated number of Americans over age 12 who took
some psychotherapeutic prescription medication last year—that’s
44. 5 percent of the population. That includes pain relievers
(97.5 million people), tranquilizers ( 39. 3 million people),
sedatives (18.6 million) and stimulants ( 17. 2 million).
53. 7 %
Source: Hughes, A., Williams, M. R., Lipari, R. N., Bose, J., Copello, E. A. P., & Kroutil, L. A. (2016, September). Prescription drug use and misuse in the
United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. NSDUH Data Review. Retrieved from www.samhsa.gov/data/ C H
The estimated number of Americans who met the DSM-V
criteria for a prescription drug use disorder in the past year.
Two million had a pain reliever use disorder, 688,000 had
a tranquilizer use disorder, 426,000 had a stimulant use
disorder and 154,000 had a sedative use disorder.