May 14, 2011
The growing use of high-speed internet is contributing to an increase in prescription drug abuse in the United States. The joint study from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Southern California (USC), and published online in journal Health Affairs, found that the expansion of high-speed internet between 2000 and 2007 saw a large increase in admissions for treatment for prescription drug abuse.
“We know we face a growing problem with prescription drug abuse in the United States. One need only look at statistics for college campuses, where prescription drugs are fast replacing illegal substances, to see the magnitude of the problem,” explained senior author Dana Goldman.
In fact, prescription drugs are “fast replacing” illegal substances on college campuses around the U.S. according to Goldman.