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Although preventing prescription drug abuse is an important part of patient care, doctors should not avoid prescribing or administering stimulants, CNS depressants, or opioid pain relievers in cases where these medications are needed.
For opiate addicts, the beginning of treatment is detoxification, a controlled and medically supervised withdrawal from opiates. Detox by itself is not a solution, because most addicts will eventually resume taking the drug unless they get further help.
A high number of robberies, by those seeking to steal OxyContin, prompted some pharmacies in Tazewell County, Virginia to discontinue selling OxyContin and post signs stating they no longer would carry the drug.
Among teens aged 12 to 17 in 2008, boys and girls had similar rates of current use of illegal drugs (9.5 percent for boys and 9.1 percent for girls), cocaine (0.5 and 0.3 percent, respectively), hallucinogens (1.1 and 0.8 percent), and inhalants (1.1 percent for both). However, current marijuana use was more prevalent among male teens (7.3 percent) than female teens (6.0 percent). Nonmedical use of psychotherapeutic drugs among 12 to 17 year olds, on the other hand, was more prevalent among girls (3.3 percent) than boys (2.5 percent), as was nonmedical use of pain relievers (2.6 and 2.0 percent, respectively).
Over 16,000 deaths annually in the United States are due to illegal drug use. However, this estimate is conservative as substance abuse is indirectly associated with deaths from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, homicides, and other violent crimes.
Most teens aged 12 to 17 believed their parents would "strongly disapprove" of their using substances. In 2006, 91.4 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day. A majority of teens (90.4 percent) reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their trying marijuana or hashish once or twice, and 89.6 percent reported their parents would strongly disapprove of their having one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day. These rates of perceived parental disapproval in using substances in 2006 were similar to those reported in 2005.