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.
Simultaneous use of illicit drugs, alcohol and/or prescription drugs can cause interactions that take a toll on the user’s health. New, toxic substances can be formed through these interactions.