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NIDA. (2005, September 9). NIDA Community Drug Alert Bulletin - Prescription Drugs. Retrieved from https://archives.drugabuse.gov/publications/nida-community-drug-alert-bulletin-prescription-drugs

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What is prescription drug abuse?

Although most people take prescription medications responsibly, there has been an increase in the nonmedical use or, as NIDA refers to it in this report, abuse of prescription drugs in the United States.

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