Are painkillers considered part of the substance abuse problem?

Overuse of prescription and over-the-counter pain medications is a form of substance abuse. According to a USA Today article, about one in four soldiers admit abusing prescription drugs, most of them pain relievers.

According to reports, pain relievers were the most abused drug in the military, used illicitly at a rate triple that of marijuana or amphetamines, the next most widely abused drugs.

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