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Codeine Abuse Facts

Here are some facts that may surprise or sadden you about Prescription abuse. As with most issues about addiction, there is much that is unexpected; the costs or much higher than expected and the causes are very sad. That fact that child abuse is such a strong predictor of abuse speaks volumes about the problem. See what you think:

Codeine Abuse Facts 1:

Prescription abuse and Codeine Abuse, according to the National Institute of Health, impacts all Americans, because we all pay the cost for it.

Codeine Abuse Facts 2:

Statistics show that Prescription abuse and Codeine Abuse cost Americans over $484 billion annually. This figure includes healthcare costs (and abuses of that system), lost job wages, traffic accidents, crime and the associated criminal justice system costs.

Codeine Abuse Facts 3:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 10 to 22 percent of car crashes involved drivers who have been using drugs.

Codeine Abuse Facts 4:

Prescription use and addiction is linked to at least half of the major crimes in this country, as at least half of the suspects arrested for violent crimes, such as homicide and assault, were under the influence of drugs when they were arrested.

Codeine Abuse Facts 5:

Stress is a major factor in Prescription use and abuse.

Codeine Abuse Final Fact 6:

Sadly, nearly two-thirds of people in Prescription abuse treatment report that they were physically or sexually abused as children. Child abuse is a major contributing factor to Codeine Abuse.

Codeine Abuse Facts

Here are some facts that may surprise or sadden you about Prescription abuse. As with most issues about addiction, there is much that is unexpected; the costs or much higher than expected and the causes are very sad. That fact that child abuse is such a strong predictor of abuse speaks volumes about the problem. See what you think:

Codeine Abuse Facts 1:

Prescription abuse and Codeine Abuse, according to the National Institute of Health, impacts all Americans, because we all pay the cost for it.

Codeine Abuse Facts 2:

Statistics show that Prescription abuse and Codeine Abuse cost Americans over $484 billion annually. This figure includes healthcare costs (and abuses of that system), lost job wages, traffic accidents, crime and the associated criminal justice system costs.

Codeine Abuse Facts 3:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 10 to 22 percent of car crashes involved drivers who have been using drugs.

Codeine Abuse Facts 4:

Prescription use and addiction is linked to at least half of the major crimes in this country, as at least half of the suspects arrested for violent crimes, such as homicide and assault, were under the influence of drugs when they were arrested.

Addiction Facts 5:

Stress is a major factor in Prescription use and abuse.

Codeine Abuse Final Fact 6:

Sadly, nearly two-thirds of people in Prescription abuse treatment report that they were physically or sexually abused as children. Child abuse is a major contributing factor to Codeine Abuse.

More Facts on Codeine Abuse

Here are some statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Family Services concerning Prescription abuse and addiction:

-- In 2014, an estimated 20.4 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit Prescription users, meaning they had used an illicit Prescription during the month prior to the survey interview. This estimate represents 8.3 percent of the population aged 12 years old or older. Illicit drugs include Prescription/hashish, Prescription (including Prescription), heroin, hallucinogens, Prescription, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.

-- In 2014, there were 2.4 million current Prescription users aged 12 or older, which was the same as in 2013 but greater than in 2012 when the number was 2.0 million. However, the rate of current Prescription use remained stable between 2012 and 2014.

-- Hallucinogens were used in the past month by 1.0 million persons aged 12 or older in 2014, including 528,000 who had used Prescription. These estimates are similar to the corresponding estimates for 2013.

-- There were 7.0 million persons aged 12 or older who used prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs non-medically in the past month. Of these, 5.2 million used pain relievers, an increase from 4.7 million in 2013.

-- In 2014, there were an estimated 731,000 current users of Prescription aged 12 or older.

-- Among youths aged 12 to 17, current illicit Prescription use rates remained stable from 2013 to 2014. However, youth rates declined significantly between 2012 and 2014 for illicit drugs in general and for several specific drugs, including Prescription, hallucinogens, Prescription, Prescription, prescription-type drugs used non-medically, pain relievers, tranquilizers, and the use of illicit drugs other than Prescription.

-- The rate of current Prescription use among youths aged 12 to 17 declined from 8.2 percent in 2012 to 6.7 percent in 2014.

-- Among persons aged 12 or older who used pain relievers non-medically in the past 12 months, 55.7 percent reported that the source of the Prescription the most recent time they used was from a friend or relative for free.

-- In 2014, there were 10.2 million persons aged 12 or older who reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the past year.


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Hello everyone,

I found this site in June of 2015 when I was researching Heroin. We found that our son was shooting, snorting & "speed balling". We had no idea what to do.

This website helped us thru the 1st transition of his addiction. A few weeks ago I posted another post "There is hope".

Well, today I am VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT our son is still doing great. He is still going to NA meetings (which is a great support), has enrolled in IOP...(Intensive Outpatient Program) & had his follow up court date for his daughter. (who my daughter has foster care custody of)... the judge was impressed with his progress.

He has started a work out regimen... I just wanted to share, once again ....that there IS HOPE.

Families, I know it is hard to not just turn your back on them and look the other way... DON'T DO IT... let them know you are there to support them, emotionally, not financially. That you love them & will always love them. I can't say it enough... (who knows, maybe we were one of the lucky ones) but, as long as I get continue to get the word out to other parents & loved ones... I AM GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO SO.!!

Oh yea, I forgot to say, March 28th, our son gets his 90 day key chain from NA.... he has passed home drug testing as well as in IOP.

Keep up the faith, don't give in & be strong for them... they need you now more than ever!!

and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8


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