Friday, July 1, 2011

Teen Drug Abuse - The Talk You Can't Postpone

It's a topic not many parents want to discuss, but one that must be talked about: teen drug abuse.

With recent researches showing the average age of a first time user to be between 13 to 14 years of age, and with one in five eighth-graders reporting to be using or having tried illegal drugs, parents are been advised to make that much needed talk about drugs at earlier ages. Also, parents are been encouraged to educate themselves on the new trends of drug use.

Although K2, also known as Spice, and Bath Salts, also known as Synthetic Cocaine have alarmed the country in recent months, it is prescription drug who leads the cause of death among teen overdoses.

In the past, the more dangerous the perception of the drug the less likely a child was to try it, and that is why they would began experimenting with marijuana ; however, these days kids are experimenting with prescription pills because they perceive them as being safer and they are easy to get a hold of.

According to research seven out of ten abused drugs by teens are prescription. Some of the most abused prescription drugs are: OxyContin, Hydrocodone (Vicodin) and methadone, with Vicodin been the most commonly abused. Teens are abusing prescription drugs by crushing the pills and snorting them. By doing so they are experiencing the same rush as snorting heroin.

In recent years it has become clear that most teens addicted to drugs have started with the misuse of pills and soon transition to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to get.

Inspirations Teen Drug Rehab knows that all too well. Last year alone the majority of teens treated for heroin addiction at their residential facility, reported starting they drug abuse with prescription drugs, and about fifty percent of all admissions at Inspirations Teen Drug Rehab were related to prescription drug dependency.

To learn more about the recent trends on teen drug abuse visit: Inspirations for Youth and Families, aka, Inspirations Teen Rehab, where every teen is a child with a dream.
Addiction Treatment for Teens: 1-888-757-6237 Addiction Treatment for adults and young adults: 1-888-387-6237

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