Analyzing Statisitcs about Addiction to Painkillers

Do The Math About Addiction Rates Mark Twain once wrote that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. Perhaps there’s some truth in the author-humorist’s line because we’ve all heard enough statistics in our lifetimes to make a grown man cry! It’s often difficult to get to the truth when someone throws a bunch of scholarly-sounding numbers at us, and proving statistical information is a lost cause unless you’re a researcher with nothing else to do. The following statistics were taken from a web site for “The Waismann Method” and refers to this treatment center’s program of rapid detoxification from prescription painkilling opiate drugs. It cites information gained from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Two million Americans use prescription painkillers each year In some areas of the country, addiction to painkillers has overtaken that of cocaine and marijuana About 9% of Americans have used painkillers illegally (without a prescription) in their lifetimes About 1.6 million Americans used painkillers for non-medical reasons since 1998…

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Treatment Admissions for Painkillers is Up 400%

Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment for Prescription Painkillers Increases 400% An increase in the misuse of prescription painkillers has led to a dramatic increase in the number of admissions for substance abuse treatment due to abuse of the drugs. The proportion of all substance abuse treatment admissions involving abuse of prescription painkillers increased by more than 400 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Admissions to a substance abuse treatment facility increased from 2.2 percent in 1998 to 9.8 percent in 2008, according to SAMHSA. Increases in admissions associated with abuse of painkillers were found among all segments of the population, regardless of gender, age, race, educational level and employment status. The study determined the following about admissions due to prescription painkiller abuse: Men: The proportion of admissions to treatment due to prescription misuse increased from 1.8 percent in 1998 to 8.1 percent in 2008. Women: The proportion of admissions to treatment due to prescription misuse increased from 3.5 percent…

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