According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America:
–1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription pain medication
–1 in 5 teens report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers
–1 in 10 teens have abused cough medication
According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy:
Though overall teen drug use is down nationwide, more teens abuse prescription drugs than any other illicit drug except marijuana – more than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined.
Every day, 2,500 kids aged 12-17 abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time and more people are getting addicted to prescription drugs.
Drug treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 300 percent from 1995 to 2005.
Teens are abusing prescription drugs because many believe the myth that these drugs provide a ”safe” high.
Especially troubling is that the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they are easy to get and are often free.
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