4/5 new heroin users started out by abusing prescription painkillers.
Approximately 40% of drug overdose deaths in 2014 were from prescription pain relievers.
--American Society of Addiction Medicine: Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts and Figures
Prescription drug misuse has become a large public health problem, because misuse can lead to addiction, and even overdose deaths. For teens, it is a growing problem.
Drug overdoses are the current leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., having surpassed traffic fatalities.
--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older.