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Abuse of Prescription Medications - A Global Epidemic
 6/24/2010  by  Mark Osenga

The non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing public health problem in the US and it is becoming a global epidemic. Most people take prescription medications responsibly; however, an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. (ages 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetimes. This represents approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population. 70% of Teens who have abused Rx Drugs took them from friends and family.

Also alarming is the fact that the 2007 National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA's) Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th-graders found that 9.3 percent of 12th-graders reported using Vicodin without a prescription in the past year, and 5.0 percent reported using OxyContin-making these medications among the most commonly abused prescription drugs by adolescents.

The abuse of certain prescription drugs-opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and stimulants- can alter the brain's activity and lead to addiction. While we do not yet understand all of the reasons for the increasing abuse of prescription drugs, we do know that accessibility to the medication is likely a contributing factor.

A perfect solution for this epidemic is the Med-Safe Biometric Secure Medicine Safe by RxSafe. Click here to learn more.

Prescription drug abuse is not a new problem, but one that deserves renewed attention. It has been brought to the forefront following the untimely death of a number of celebrities, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson and most recently Brittany Murphy…her friends were openly worried that she had become addicted to Vicodin after undergoing plastic surgery. But these clearly are not isolated cases and most disturbing is the abuse, misuse and accidental ingestion of prescription medications by children and adolescents nationwide….medications they obtain freely from the medicine cabinets in their own homes.

Prescription drug abuse by teens and young adults is a serious problem in the United States. As reported in the Partnership for a Drug Free America’s annual tracking study:

  • 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription (Rx) pain medication
  • 1 in 5 report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers
  • 1 in 10 has abused cough medicine

Many teens think these drugs are safe because they have legitimate uses, but taking them without a prescription to get high or self-medicate can be as dangerous – and addictive – as using street narcotics and illicit drugs.

The Med-Safe by RxSAFE can help families prevent what is becoming a catastrophic problem in the US today; the unauthorized and undetected use of prescription medications for non medical purposes. RxSAFE can save family’s the pain and heartache caused by the abuse of prescription medications - there IS something that can be done to protect and prevent your children or family members gaining access to your legally prescribed medications and it comes in the form of a small safe, secured and accessed using unique identity management technology.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says nearly 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, noting that is "more than the number who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, ecstasy and inhalants combined." The DEA also reports that "opioid painkillers now cause more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined."

Med-Safe by RxSAFE offers an affordable, convenient and secure means by which parents and family members can safely store their prescription drugs eliminating the risk of their children gaining access and either using them illegally or selling them for profit which perpetuates an already uncontrollable problem in the US today.

Use Med-Safe by RxSAFE in the home or take it with you when you travel. Its compact design makes it easy to store in a closet or to safeguard medications in your hotel room. RxSAFE is committed to help eliminate the abuse of prescription medication. To show our dedication to this cause, we donate 5% of all profits from sales to Charity to help promote awareness – we are dedicated to equip parents and other caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Help us with our mission to secure 10 million homes by 2011 and spread the word on the need for responsible storage of Rx Medications!

To find out more information about the benefits of Med-Safe by RxSafe or to order your Med-Safe by RxSAFE today, visit or call our customer care team at 1.866.813.3621.

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