It may start innocently enough. Perhaps a child sees a parent regularly grab a couple of tablets from a prescription pill bottle and gets curious. It could be that an adolescent is bored and decides to wander into the bathroom and look through the medicine cabinet. What begins as curiosity, a dare, or boredom can quickly become more serious.
Rise in Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Impacting Teens | SAMHSA
Many teens who use abuse prescription drugs are not trying to get high, but are using them to help them deal with an underlying problem such as anxiety, a newly published survey suggests. The findings suggest the need for parents to understand physical or emotional problems their teen may be facing, which need to be addressed. The survey included responses from more than 1, to year-olds from around the country who were recruited in shopping malls. They completed a web-based questionnaire on their use of substances including alcohol, tobacco, and both legal and illegal drugs. They were also asked whether they struggled with anxiety, felt a desire to be popular, sought out exciting activities, and what level of risk they associated with prescription drugs.
TEEN PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. A Adolescent abuse of prescription drugs—pain relievers, stimulants, tranquilizers, and sedatives—is a major health Concern.
When taken as directed, prescription medicines can prevent, treat, and cure diseases. But if they are used without a prescription or misused, they can cause serious physical and mental health problems. A growing number of American teens are using prescription pills to get high.