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Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in ways other than they were prescribed. This includes combining medications with other drugs or alcohol and taking medications that were prescribed for someone else. Teen prescription drug abuse is an increasing problem.

Prescription Drug Abuse on College Campuses: What’s Really Happening

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College students wanting to prove their independence experiment with alcohol, marijuana and tobacco. And right there near the top of abused substances on campus are prescription drugs. A research paper reveals that while prescription drug abuse is beginning to fall off among coeds, the problem remains for around five to 10 percent of college students.

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Teens Get Prescription Drugs From Friends, Family

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The American prescription abuse epidemic affects all age groups but has perhaps hit teens the worst. More than 2,000 teens try abusing prescription drugs for the first time every day, and a large percentage of them quickly develop an addiction. Unfortunately, these drugs are just as dangerous as many illegal street drugs when not taken as directed. Unlike street drugs, however, prescription drugs are available legally through a doctor and may be present in any home. In fact, the majority of teens get their prescription drug fix from family and friends.

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High School Athletes and Prescription Painkiller Misuse

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With every football tackle, volleyball dive and wrestling flip there’s the possibility that a teen athlete might be injured. In fact, 2 million U.S. high school teens suffer injuries each year. Once students enter high school, athletics become much more competitive. Rather than just sit out until the injury heals, many teens are being prescribed opioids to control their pain.

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How to Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

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The misuse of prescription drugs has become a popular trend among American teens. Many begin using because they assume that prescription medications are a safer way to get high when compared with street drugs.

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New Report Highlights Depth of Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens

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The misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem in the United States. Many who misuse or become addicted begin by treating a legitimate pain or other problem, but can become an addict when prescriptions are not closely monitored by a physician.

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Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Reaching Epidemic Proportions

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The concept of moms abusing pharmaceuticals has been around at least since The Rolling Stones sang about “Mother’s Little Helper” in 1966. But a more frightening prospect than soccer moms developing prescription drug dependencies are their kids getting addicted.

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Steroids Aren’t the Only Performance Enhancing Drugs

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Adderall is a stimulant prescription medication used to treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. For these patients, the drug helps to normalize brain function and behavior. Unfortunately, the drug is frequently abused by healthy individuals looking for an edge.

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Prescription Drugs Popular Choice Among Teens

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When parents think about their teens using drugs, they may conjure up images from their own time in high school, picturing drug dealers in dark stairwells, or the outsiders at their school that were known for getting high over the lunch hour.

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Unsupervised Prescription Medications Pose Dangerous Threat

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Most parents don’t believe their child would abuse prescription drugs. That may explain the most recent findings from a University of Michigan study which found that, despite the prescription drug epidemic, parents are leaving powerful drugs readily accessible.

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ADHD Drug Abuse Amongst Young People Quadruples

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ADHD Drug Abuse Amongst Young People QuadruplesAs teens head off to college this fall, an alarming new report reminds parents and physicians that keeping grades up aren’t the only concerns for families.

Since early adolescence, some of these students have been taking medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Others will start taking them in college even though they have never been diagnosed with the mental disorder because they will hear from friends that drugs like Ritalin and Adderall can help them stay more focused when studying and taking tests.

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals that 23,000 young adults visited an emergency room in 2011 for ailments related to using ADHD drugs. This was more than four times the number of young adults, 5,600, that visited the Emergency Room in 2005.

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