According to Drug Enforcement Administration figures, nearly seven million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2009. However, the abuse of these medications is nothing new. Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Judy Garland all indulged in these substances, with fatal results, and decades later celebrities remain the most high-profile abusers of such prescription drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone and vicodin.
Click ahead to see the celebrities whose struggles with prescription drugs played out in public.
By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 28 June 2011
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