Teens are accessing these drugs in the comfort of home

The information you need to DO YOUR PART

in helping to prevent prescription drug abuse.

Prescription drug abuse is a problem in Michigan

Every day, thousands of individuals use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Many of these drugs are as dangerous as heroin and are far easier to access. They are taken from cupboards, drawers and unwatched medicine cabinets right in your home. These users could be your son, daughter, friend or grandchild. It even could be happening right now.


  • Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs other than alcohol, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs.
  • Since 2000, there have been over 8,896 unintentional overdose and drug-poisoning-related deaths recorded in Michigan.
  • Three-quarter (75%) of opiod-related deaths involved decedents age 25 to 54
  • In 2014, there were 1,762 deaths due to unintentional drug poisonings in Michigan.


  • About 54% of past-year non-medical users are given a prescription opioid from a friend or relative for free.


While the prescription drug abuse occurs in every age group, the problem is more prevalent among teens and young people.  Why has this problem become so acute?


  • Misperception - Many believe that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs. This is NOT true.  These are powerful drugs that, when abused, can be just as dangerous as street drugs.
  • Accessibility - Prescription drugs can be found in most homes, and there is also a street trade for these drugs.
  • Sharing -  Prescription drugs are not meant to be shared with family members or others.  IF a drug wasn’t prescribed for you, it’s dangerous.

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