Over 6 million Americans use prescription drugs such as pain relievers, tranquilizers, and stimulants non-medically.
87% of over 9,900 Internet sites listed as Not Recommended by NABP do not require a valid prescription.
Counterfeit medications can be deadly.
Between 1998 and 2008, the proportion of people who were admitted for substance abuse treatment and reported abusing prescription pain relievers grew more than four times.
The majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they are easy to get and are often free.
Counterfeiters are selling fakes of many kinds of drugs, including pills claimed to treat heart disease, arthritis, asthma, AIDS and cancer.
4 out of 10 teens think that prescription medications are much safer to abuse than illicit drugs, even if they’re not prescribed by a doctor.
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More than 50% of people aged 12 and older who abused prescription drugs in 2010 and 2011 got them from friends or family for free.
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Many fake drugs contain too little, too much, or the wrong medicine, and may contain dangerous ingredients such as rat poison.
AWARxE's Get Local section provides information on state and local programs working to prevent prescription drug abuse.
Teens often combine prescription and over-the-counter drugs with alcohol, which can be potentially fatal.
Many fake drugs are made to look like the real medication – it can be very difficult to tell them apart.
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