Prescription Substance abuse – A Growing Trend Among Teens
Just when we’re starting to feel a little safer about so-called “street drugs,” heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and the like, that their use among teens is decreasing, we’re ripped out of our convenience zone and faced with a brand-new enemy; prescription drugs. Legal drugs. Yes, the medicines that we keep in our medicine cabinet, and the prescription pills that we bring in our handbags prescribed by our physicians for whatever condition we’re suffering from, are now being lifted right of under our noses by our teens.
Think about these statistics from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
More than 1 in 10 teenagers (or 2.8 million) have abused prescription drugs in their lifetimes according to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
1 in 3 teens report knowing someone who abuses prescription drugs according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s 2007 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study.
1 in 3 teens surveyed says there is drfelix when utilizing prescription drugs “every when and (sic) some time.” according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s 2007 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study.
Every day, 2,700 teenagers abuse a prescription drug for the very first time according to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
8 from 10 teens who misuse prescription drugs get the drugs from pals or loved ones through a variety of ways including taking, buying or merely asking for the drugs according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s 2007 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study. We use prescription drugs without giving them much idea. If we have a headache we pop an aspirin or a “pain pill” prescribed by our doctor.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the above. There are legitimate reasons for taking tablets. No one wishes to be in discomfort and no one should. But exactly what we do not understand is the silent message that we’re sending out to our kids – taking tablets makes us feel much better.
Sadly our children do not believe as reasonably as grownups and they might equate taking a tablet for pain to taking a pill simply to feel good. The tablets are legal and parents use them, ergo, they have to not be as harmful as other illegal drugs. This is unsafe thinking.
Moms and dads need to take a seat with their children now and discuss the threats of taking tablets for recreational use. Whether they’re taking cocaine or the other hard drugs or prescription tablets it does not matter – they’re still taking drugs solely to obtain high and they don’t understand the possible deadly effects.
Some teens toss “pharm” celebrations – each kid bringing some pills, putting them in a bowl, blending them around, and then swallowing a couple of tablets or in some cases swallowing a handful. They’re consuming uppers and downers together – a lethal combination. I advise every moms and dad to take this brand-new threat seriously. Track your pills, the number of you should have and keep them locked away safely. Do not wait until the cops are knocking at your door. Keep in mind, it’s never prematurely to speak with your children about drugs but it can be far too late.
Daniel M. Spencer
1227 Stadium Drive
Needham, MA 02192