Prescription Drug Abuse Lowest rate since 2002

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There's good news in the latest report on prescription drug abuse in this country.

The national survey on drug use and health, reports that prescription-drug abuse in the u.s. declined last year year to the lowest rate since 2002.

The biggest drop was in the number of 18 to 25 year-old abusers which fell 14-percent to 1.7 million.

Experts say the decrease in abuse indicates that public health and law enforcement efforts to curb abuse of prescription drugs, such as the powerful painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, is working.

Overall, 6-point-1 million people abused narcotic pain pills, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives last year.

That's down from the 7 million people who abuse prescription drugs in 2010.

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