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Prescription drug misuse in Europe is higher than previously thought

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 04 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4304
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Misuse of prescription drugs is a bigger problem in Europe than previously thought, research published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry has shown.1

Non-medical prescription drug use is a leading public health issue in the United States, where an estimated 20% of people have at some time used a prescription medicine that was not prescribed to them or have used a prescription drug to achieve a euphoric state. However, until now the prevalence in Europe has been unclear.

The study looked at non-medical prescription drug use in 22 070 …

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