It is estimated that about 18 million people misuse prescription drugs in the U.S. each year. About 5,480 people abuse such medications for the first time every day . Not all of those who misuse prescription drugs “just once” will become addicted to them. But many of them will.
January 19, 2018: The Los Angeles County Coroner released the results of the toxicology analysis for Tom Petty. His death has now been ruled an accidental drug overdose, with opioids and benzodiazepines causing him to stop breathing.