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Americans misuse drugs

Americans misuse drugs, scientists say. More than 50% of adults and 44% of children tested by a National Clinical Laboratory in 2015 misused their prescription medicines. It’s the result of a study by Quest Diagnostics.

How do Americans misuse drugs?

It means that people were either taking too much, too little or none of their pills. Test results also showed taking other drugs instead of prescribed ones.

Researches named the medicines most often misused by patients of different age. For 17 years old and under it’s amphetamines. For 25 years old and up it’s benzodiazepines and anti-anxiety drugs.

The highest rate (nearly 66%) took place in 6 states. They are Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. The lowest rate (but still rather high, about 51%) occurred in 8 states. They are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Even more scary numbers

This study, proving that Americans do not use drugs properly, is rather huge. It is based on more than 3 million test results on 44 drugs. It’s the fifth year of studies. In 2010 researches checked patients for 26 medicines.

The latest research also included 155,646 heroin test results. Nearly one-third of patients tested positive for benzodiazepines. Their combination is really dangerous. People can stop breathing, have heart attacks and die. Yes, die!

Need a pill? Better consult your doctor, dude!

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