Monday, March 05, 2007

Something VERY interesting for parents of teens

This report came to me from YFC's Campust Life Quarterly, but, as you can see from the bottom, they got it from The Office of National Drug Control Policy

Prescription Drugs take over*

New abusers of prescription drugs have caught up with new users of marijuana.

Pain relievers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, are the most commonly abused prescription drugs by teens.

One third of all new abusers of prescription drugs in 2005 were 12 - 17-year olds.

Prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12- and 13-year olds.

Girls are more likely than boys to intentionally abuse prescription drugs to get high.

The majority of teens (57%), who use these products, say they get prescription drugs for free from a relative or friend (47%), or take them from a relative or friend (10%), without asking. An additional 10 percent buy pain relievers from a friend or relative.

Adolescents are more likely than young adults to become dependent on prescription medication.

*White House Report Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

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