Sidebar: The Cost of Addiction
• In 2010, about 12 million Americans (age 12 or older) reported nonmedical use of prescription painkillers in the past year. • The quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices was 4 times larger in 2010 than in 1999. • Nearly half a million emergency room visits in 2009 were due to people misusing or abusing prescription painkillers. • Non-medical use of prescription painkillers cost health insurers up to $72.5 ...
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