By Staff Writer
The vast majority of individuals who abuse prescription drugs get the substances from sources other than medical professionals, as is commonly assumed, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The results of the investigation showed that 80 percent of regular prescription drug abusers rarely get their drugs from doctors and 69 percent said they never get pills from medical professionals, according to Time Magazine. Younger users were even less likely than older individuals to get their drugs from officials sources.
Many of the efforts currently underway that are aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse focus on getting doctors to prescribe fewer opiates, the news source points out. However, the findings of this investigation suggest that this may not be the most effective approach to fighting the epidemic of pill addiction, since most addicts have found ways around the medical establishment.
More than 16 million Americans over the age of 12 had taken a prescription medication recreationally in 2009, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The findings of the new study suggest that new efforts may be needed to curb the massive problem.