Prescribed Opiates, In Washington State alone, there were 45 million doses of Vicodin prescribed in one recent year. With so many of these drugs in circulation, there are plenty of pills that can be obtained by those who are driven toward substance abuse by cravings or curiosity. Unfortunately, many of those choosing to try these drugs are our younger citizens. Younger people lack the perception that they can be harmed or killed and so have less judgment in this area.
Teens and Prescription Drugs: Teens go here
The medicine abuse problem:
Each generation of kids looks for new ways to get high. Recent trends indicate they are increasingly turning to prescription (Rx) or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Teens report getting many of these medicines from home medicine cabinets and mistakenly believe that abusing them is “safer” than other drugs.
According to surveys from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 20 percent of teens say they have taken a prescription drug without having a prescription for it themselves, and 5 percent report abusing OTC cough medicine to get high. To learn more more click here