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Study: fewer young adults abusing prescription drugs


Undated (WXOW) - Fewer young adults in the U.S. are abusing prescription drugs. A new government report shows a 14-percent drop last year in prescription drug abuse between the ages of 18 and 25.

The study was done by a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The head of the agency said the drop is good news for the nation, because that demographic is a group of people entering the workforce, beginning college and starting families.

He said public education initiatives and an increase in prescription drug monitoring programs may have contributed to the drop.

Still more than two-million people in the U.S. abused prescription drugs for the first time in 2011, that's about 6,400 new abusers a day.

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