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Monday, August 1, 2016
54% of Patients Misuse Prescription Drugs
Quest Diagnostics recently released a national study on prescription drug
misuse. Here are some key findings from the report:
·54% of patient results
tested in 2015 showed evidence of prescription drug misuse.
·The misuse rate
declined 14% from 63% in 2011.
·45% had test results
that showed evidence of other drugs in addition to their prescribed drug(s).
·The rate of patients
combining drugs was 35% in both 2014 and 2013.
·Nearly 1 in 3 patients
(28.6%) who used heroin combined it with benzodiazepines.
·From 2001 to 2014,
there was a five-fold increase in the total number of deaths related to