More than 40% of prescriptions written in the United States are filled for nonmedical use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In fact, nearly half of all prescriptions are filled on behalf of family members, friends or acquaintances, and some 60% are filled by friends, according the CDC.
According to the CDC, people are prescribed more than 1.2 million drugs in 2015, a nearly 2% increase from the previous year.
The average prescription is more than $200, and more than half of those prescriptions are for non-medical use.
The drug chart below shows the top five most commonly prescribed drugs for 2015.1.
Non-Medical Use: Painkillers, opioids, benzodiazepines, and sedatives2.
Medical Use: Oxycodone, acetaminophen, and other opioid medications3.
Medical: Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, antihistamines, and antihistamine/antihistamine-like medications4.
Medical or Prescription: Antihistamines5.
Medical and Prescription-Drug Use: Prescription medication, antibiotics, or other prescription medication6.
Medical use: Antioxidants, antioxidant medicines, and medications for skin and eyes7.
Medical-Use: Drugs for treating pain and anxiety8.
Medical Care: Drugs and medical devices9.
Medical Uses: Medicines for treatment of other diseases, conditions, or diseases that affect the brain or nervous system10.
Medical Treatment: Medications and medical equipment for medical treatment11.
Medical Therapy: Drugs, medical devices, and surgical equipment that treat or treat diseases or conditions that affect health or wellness12.
Medical Technology: Medical devices, equipment, and supplies for medical or surgical treatment, as well as other medical and surgical devices, supplies, and services13.
Medical Equipment: Medical equipment, equipment for surgical treatment or surgical devices14.
Other Medical Use and Prescriptions: Other medical or medical equipment15.
Miscellaneous: Medical or medical-related supplies16.
Miscellaneous and Prescriptive Uses: Miscellaneous medical supplies17.
Other Uses: Other nonmedical uses, for personal care, personal grooming, or for religious or cultural reasons18.
Miscellaneous Medical Items: Medical supplies for health, hygiene, medical treatment, or medical therapy19.
Other Use: Other miscellaneous medical items for personal use, for non medical purposes, or to entertain, entertain, or entertain others20.
Miscellaneous Uses: Medical items used to provide entertainment for non health care professionals, such as food and beverages for foodservice, and to entertain.