In a study following drug abuse patterns in the United States over the last 10 years, prescription drug addiction has risen considerably. Drug rehabilitation centers have seen an increase of 400% over this past decade of people seeking treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has stated that pain pill abuse has made a dramatic jump, passing even methamphetamine, which had doubled according to their survey released in July of 2010.
Rates have increased for all of the different economical and ethnic statuses. The age range for the abuse remains high in the 18-24 group of young adults. More than half of the people admitted for treatment stated that the drug was given directly to them at little to no cost. It was prescribed by a physician and covered by insurance or aid, given to them by a friend who no longer desired the medication or obtained without permission from another source; perhaps a family member.
Drug rehabilitation centers will continue to see prescription drug abuse rise through the years. This new “trendy” drug abuse problem is taking over and becoming just as popular as marijuana use. New Mexico has also been seeing the pain-pill epidemic rise. Being so close to the Mexican border, where these pills can be obtained easily from a Mexican pharmacy, people in the bigger cities of New Mexico, like Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Albuquerque can find it all too easy to obtain these drugs at relatively low costs. Vista Taos: located in Taos, New Mexico is one of the best drug rehabilitation centers in the country. They’re working diligently with new patients from New Mexico, as well as surrounding areas to help individuals break their addiction to prescription drugs.