Prescription Drug Abuse: A National Epidemic

Prescription drug abuse has become a national epidemic. The most commonly abused prescription drugs among teens are hydrocodone (vicodin, lortab, lorcet, and norco), ADD/ADHD medication (adderall, ritalin, and vyvanse), and benzodiazepines (xanax, valium, klonpin, and ativan).

These medicines are oftentimes readily available to teens in medicine cabinets at home. Many teens prescribed ADD or ADHD medication, benozodiazepines for anxiety, or hydrocodone after dental work will sell them to their friends.

Recent studies have linked pain pill abuse to later heroin addiction. Because both are opioid based, when the pain pills get to be too expensive many addicts turn to heroin.


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