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TOPIC: Big Jump in Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Big Jump in Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs 25 Apr 2013 22:09 #101

National Survey Finds Big Jump in Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs
Posted April 24, 2013 by Rick Nauert PhD reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

A new national survey finds that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, a jump of 33 percent in just five years.

Using data from The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), researchers found, for instance, that one in eight teens (13 percent) now report they have taken the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall when it was not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime.

“These data make it very clear: the problem is real, the threat immediate and the situation is not poised to get better,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at

“Parents fear drugs like cocaine or heroin and want to protect their kids. But the truth is that when misused and abused, medicines — especially stimulants and opioids — can be every bit as dangerous and harmful as illicit street drugs.”


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