Prescription Drug Monitoring: Statistics

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most commonly abused prescription drugs are: 1

  • Opioids
  • Central nervous system (CNS) depressants
  • Stimulants

The appropriate use of prescribed pain medication can relieve suffering, support normal daily functioning, reduce stress and improve sleep. But, when abused, these therapies can be as addictive and dangerous as illegal drugs – and their misuse is on the rise, along with related emergency room admissions.

Note: Quest Diagnostics Pain Management Services are not yet available in all areas.
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1 NIDA, March 2008 A Research Update from the National Institute on Drug Abuse