Sleeping Pill Abuse

A Common Source of American Substance Abuse

The United States is very much the country that never sleeps, and not just because we’re always open for business. Sleep disorder affects Americans of every age, socioeconomic background and nationality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in three Americans don’t get enough sleep. Other data reveals that 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorder and that approximately 70 million suffer from insomnia. Many of these individuals take sleeping pills to help them get the slumber and relief that so many take for granted, and, as a result. they wind up developing a substance abuse problem.

Facts about sleeping pills

Important Facts about Sleeping Pills and Disorders

Something to Sleep On

Whether they’re having problems sleeping because of a chronic condition or they’re worried about an acute and identifiable problem with their career, family, romantic relationships or anything else, millions of Americans find themselves struggling with increased and problematic wakefulness:

  • Over nine million Americans use sleeping pills
  • The number of ER visits related to sleeping pills has doubled in recent years
  • About 50-70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder
  • Between 2006 and 2011, sleeping pill prescriptions rose from 47 million to 60 million in the U.S.
  • Driver fatigue accounts for about 1,550 deaths each year

You don’t have to become a statistic. RU Encore is ready to help you or your loved one overcome dependency on sleeping pills. Let us help you take that first step forward.