Poor Economy Leads to Increase in Prescription Drug Addiction

By Staff Writer

Drug rehab experts from across the country are reporting that they are treating higher numbers of patients for prescription medication addiction than ever before. Many blame this increase in substance abuse on the recent financial crisis, which has resulted in persistently high unemployment rates.

Doctors from a drug rehab facility in California said that many of the patients they have treated for prescription medication addictions say that they feel unrelenting anxiety over the state of the job market, and that they turned to drugs as a way to cope with this stress.

The facility reported that they saw an increase in the number of prescription drug addicts of more than 60 percent from 2007 to 2008, which coincides with the beginning of the financial crisis. Given the fact that unemployment remains so high, they expect these numbers to continue to go up.

The experiences of this drug rehab facility are not unique. In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that many people across the country were turning to drugs as a way to cope with economy-related anxiety. Officials said that anyone who is feeling overwhelmed should seek substance abuse help.