Contribute Try STAT+ Today

Many Americans continue to misuse prescription drugs in ways that may jeopardize their health, particularly combining dangerous combinations of medicines, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The rate at which drugs were misused was 52 percent last year, according to an analysis of approximately 3.4 million de-identified laboratory test results. The so-called misuse rate is down a wee bit from 54 percent in 2015, but marks a notable decline from the 63 percent rate found in 2011, according to Quest Diagnostics (DGX), the laboratory testing company, which conducted the analysis.

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free!


What is it?

STAT+ is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.

What's included?

  • Daily reporting and analysis
  • The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters
  • Subscriber-only newsletters
  • Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day
  • STAT+ Conversations
  • Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations
  • Exclusive industry events
  • Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country
  • The best reporters in the industry
  • The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry
  • And much more
  • Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.
  • Since recreational marijuana is legal in eight states and medical marijuana legal in 29 states we can disregard the data on the weed. Also to jump from urine drug samples, which are not quantitative to a conclusion of frank misuse is a pretty sweeping generalization.

Comments are closed.