Prescription drug misuse is considered to be a major health concern. The abuse of painkillers and other drugs can result in severe reactions, some even resulting in death. Among teenagers, the use of prescription drugs to get high is changing the nature of drug use in high schools. While parents of the current teen generation may conjure up images of shady characters lingering in a dark stairwell at school, the typical experience is not so black and white.
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.
Middle school represents an awkward and difficult transition time. These youths are no longer in grammar school. They are not little kids. But they are not yet teenagers either. They are in-between child and teenager, hence the term “tween.”
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in America. The abuse is happening not only among the adults who buy prescription medications, but it is a problem for our young people as well. Yet despite the fact that prescription drug abuse among young people continues to rise, new studies say there are things that can be done to minimize the risk. Studies agree that strong social support is one of the leading factors in preventing prescription drug abuse.
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.
Bad things happen to other people. This is the vision that researchers found when they interviewed parents about teen drug abuse. In a report from the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, most parents did not seem to be concerned with teen abuse of narcotic pain medicine. Most believed it wasn’t a big problem in their community, and was even less of a problem in their own household. This lack of concern translates into limited support for policies that would minimize the ways that these drugs get into the hands of children and teens.
Parents of adolescents are naturally concerned about the possibility of their kids getting involved with illegal drugs or alcohol. But few moms and dads realize that they may be keeping dangerous and potentially addictive substances right in their very own medicine cabinets or bathroom drawers.
And in this instance we are not talking about prescription drugs. Instead, we are referring to such supposedly benign substances as cough and cold remedies, diet pills, sleeping pills, and medicines taken for motion sickness. Many believe these types of over-the-counter chemical potions can be used with impunity, but, in reality, these substances are neither as harmless nor as mild as people think, especially if taken in larger-than-usual doses.
Drugs and alcohol don’t mix. Fewer teens seem to be learning this fact as the numbers of teens facing deadly health problems continue to grow.