According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, more Americans abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin and ecstasy combined. "What started out as a legitimate prescription for pills from a doctor now has 6 million Americans addicted," Dr. Oz says.
When beloved celebrities like Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger lose their lives to prescription drug overdoses, the epidemic makes headlines. But you don't have to be rich and famous to support a dangerous pill habit. Millions of suburban moms, dads, teachers, nurses and teenagers are becoming pharmaceutical junkies.
Dr. Oz says prescription pill addiction is the most underappreciated problem in America. "A lot of folks think these drugs aren't dangerous because they're not street drugs," he says. "But there are millions of people who take these prescription medications, not realizing they have the same type of addictive potential as street drugs."