The use of prescription opioids for recreational purposes or for other non-medical reasons has grown over the past two decades. Among teenagers, there are many who mistakenly believe that prescription drugs offer a safer high than street drugs, and opioids have become popular communal offerings at parties. The drugs, often obtained from a forgotten pill bottle in a medicine cabinet at home, are just as dangerous as street drugs.
According to health officials, between five and 11 percent of American kids have the condition attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. Now, a study performed by the prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that children who are diagnosed with the condition are at substantially greater risk of substance abuse.
There are a handful of common products whose brand names are so well known, they’ve become synonymous with the product itself. Want a cola-flavored soft drink? You know what you’ll ask for when it’s time to place your order: Coke or Pepsi. Need a photocopy of that report? Ask your office staff to Xerox it. Having a tough time with hay fever? Be sure to carry some Kleenex with you. But what should you take for that headache? If you’re reaching for some Tylenol, read on!
With prescription drug abuse and the misuse of cough and cold medicines, parents of teens know they must safeguard the contents of their medicine cabinets. But what many moms and dads may find surprising is that another common practice called “huffing” is just as dangerous and also involves household substances within arm’s reach.
Many states are considering legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. The advocates for such measures cite the drug’s ability to offer relief for those who suffer from chronic pain from cancer or other serious diseases. In addition, the drug is thought to have few negative effects when weighed against the extent of the relief it provides.
If you are the parent of a teen or a pre-teen, the latest news about prescription drugs is important for you to understand. New studies are showing that teens have very easy access to prescription medications, including those they have not been prescribed.
Drug abuse among teens looks different than it did a few years ago. Teens aren’t abusing drugs these days just to get a high. Some are abusing them to focus and get better grades, lose weight or improve their perform in sports. Drug abuse has grown more complex over the last few decades, but remains just as dangerous.