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Prescription Medicine Abuse: A Growing Problem

Prescription Medicine Abuse: A Growing Problem
7/6/2007 Prescription medication abuse by teens and young adults is a growing problem in the United States. As reported in the Partnership
for a Drug Free America’s annual tracking study:

* 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription pain medication
* 1 in 5 report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers
* 1 in 10 has abused cough medication

Many teens think these drugs are safe because they have legitimate uses, but taking them without a prescription to get high or “self-medicate” can be as dangerous – and addictive – as using street narcotics and other illicit drugs.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is making sure that parents, young adults and teens know the very real risks of misusing medicine.

This section brings together in-depth information on the abuse of medicine, including a new brochure (in English and Spanish), helpful articles, detailed drug information, the latest research on usage, relevant articles from the New York Times (see recent front page story) and other publications, video and personal stories. All of this is in addition to the Partnership’s messages on TV, radio and in newspapers and magazines.

Our educational materials and messages work. More teens and parents need to see and hear them. Help us reach more families with life-saving information.

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