Misuse of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs
is second only to marijuana as the nation's most prevalent illicit drug use issue, according to the report, which is based on data that was collected in more than 68,000 interviews.
This guide outlines the actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs, including drugs of abuse, psychotherapeutic drugs
, and effects on special populations (pregnant women, children, adolescents, and the elderly).
Indeed, many such violent acts involve psychotherapeutic drugs
1million persons aged 12 or older reported the nonmedical use of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs
in the past month.
1 million persons aged 12 or older reported the non-medical use of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs
in the past month (1).
As defined by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the non-medical use of prescription drugs is the ingestion of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs
(pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, sedatives) by individuals without a specific prescription (Colliver, Kroutil & Gfroerer 2006).
population) used psychotherapeutic drugs
non-medically in 2010.
7%) used prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs
Cardiovascular drugs, including calcium channel blockers and diuretics, cost $29 billion, whereas antacids, antidiarrheals, and other gastrointestinal medications cost $20 billion- the same total spent on antidepressants, antipsychotics, and other psychotherapeutic drugs
, according to the agency.
Postmarketing surveillance of prescription drugs should include reporting the adverse effects in women of drug interactions with alcohol, commonly used psychotherapeutic drugs
and drugs commonly used in relation to hormonal changes in women.
cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin) in nearly a fifth of deaths, and psychotherapeutic drugs
such as benzodiazepines and antidepressants were reported in a high proportion of deaths.
Cardiovascular drugs accounted for $33 billion; central nervous system drugs cost $28 billion; psychotherapeutic drugs
cost more than $17 billion; and hormones cost $14 billion.