Characteristics of Primary Prescription and Over-the-Counter Treatment Admissions
Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA
- Prescription and over-the counter (OTC) drugs were the primary substances of abuse for 4 percent of the 1.9 million treatment admissions reported to the TEDS in 2002.
- Of the more than 78,000 admissions for primary prescription or OTC drug abuse, 55 percent were for prescription narcotics, 28 percent for prescription stimulants, 10 percent for tranquilizers, 6 percent for sedatives, and less than 1 percent of OTC medications.
- Females comprised a larger proportion of prescription and OTC drug admissions (46 percent) than they comprised among treatment admissions for all substances (30 percent).
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(Date Grant Summary Prepared: December 3, 2004)