From the Resource Training Center 8/6/12
What Are the Common Misconceptions About Prescription Drug Abuse? Teens are making the decision to abuse prescription medicines based on misinformation. In fact, many people think that abusing prescription drugs is safer than abusing illicit drugs. As the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short- and long-term health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended.
Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.7 percent reported past-year NON-MEDICAL use of prescription medications. According to the 2010 Monitoring the Future survey, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are among the most commonly abused drugs by 12th graders, after alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco. Youth who abuse prescription medications are also more likely to report use of other drugs.
Both teens and young adults obtain the majority of prescription drugs from friends
and relatives, sometimes without their knowledge. And in one survey, 54 percent of high school seniors said that opioid drugs other than heroin (e.g., Vicodin) would be fairly or very easy to get.
In June 2010, for example, the CDC announced that the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) found that 1 in 5 high school students in the United States have abused prescription drugs, including the opioid painkillers OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. Opioids are synthetic versions of opium that are used to treat moderate and severe pain.
PLEASE LET’S NOT KEEP OUR HEAD IN THE SAND!
These drugs are highly addictive, perceived as “legal”, and VERY easy to obtain. Kids can go to any medicine cabinet, yours, their grandparents, their friends house, and find some sort of prescription painkiller such as hydrocodone (Vicodin®), oxycodone (OxyContin®), propoxyphene (Darvon®), hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), meperidine (Demerol®), and diphenoxylate (Lomotil®). Central nervous system depressants include barbiturates such as pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal®), and benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium®) and alprazolam (Xanax®). These pills have a $15 per pill street value.
Accidental overdoses are on the rise. Knowledge is power! Arm yourself with the tools to protect your children! Go to http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-medications.