Pill addiction treatment admissions up by 569%: report

A new government report has found that treatment admissions for people addicted to both benzodiazepines and narcotic pain relievers jumped 569.7% between 2000 and 2010. According to the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), overall substance abuse treatment admissions increased 4% during the same time period.

In 2010, 33,701 people received treatment for addiction to both medications, according to the report. Nearly 40% of those with this combined addiction began using both drugs in the same year, while about 34% first became addicted to narcotic pain relievers and 27% started with benzodiazepines.

In addition, almost half of patients treated for the combined addiction also had a psychiatric disorder, and people ages 18 to 34 represented 66.9% of those treated, the report found.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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One Response to Pill addiction treatment admissions up by 569%: report

  1. christy kirby says:

    Im 32 years old and just lost my mother from oxycontin poison. She passed away 1-6-12 what makes it so hard is i had just gotten off the phone with her and she was fine. She had just turned 50 and still had her whole life ahead of her. She had problems with her back and was seeing a doctor in Miami FL. Where she lived
    He had her on oxys,tabs,morphine, and zanxa! What kind of doctor does that to a patient? All there worried about is that money!!!! He wasn’t there when I had to see her laying in a coffin or watching her being put in the ground. I deal with this everyday having to take antidepressant and talk to a shrink once a week. I WANT THESES DOCTORS TO PAY AND PAY DEARLY FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. Stop blaming it on the patients and get these doctors!

    lived.b This so called doctor was prescribing her oxycontins,lortabs,morphine,zanxa

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