Flashpoint: Prescription Drug Abuse Impacting Teens

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By Kandace Brown

Original Source: tribstar.com

It is as simple as opening a medicine cabinet, looking through a kitchen drawer, or swiping a medicine bottle off the counter. Prescription drug use and misuse is not just a drug deal taking place on a dark corner. It is happening in homes; hidden in plain sight.

The fastest growing drug problem in the United States isn’t cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines. It is prescription drugs and the effect is detrimental to the lives of our teenagers. The prescription drugs most often abused include opioid painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives and stimulants.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the physician. Prescription drug abuse, also called “problematic use,” includes everything from…click here to continue reading

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