Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Prescription Drug Abuse Remains Problem For Teens

NEW YORK -- While teen smoking and drinking continues to drop, a survey released Tuesday indicates that teenage abuse of prescription drugs has become "an entrenched behavior" that many parents fail to recognize. For a third straight year, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America study showed that about one in five teens have tried prescription drug painkillers like Vicodin or OxyContin to get high -- about 4.5 million teens. It also indicated that many teens feel experimenting with prescription drugs is safer than illegal highs. Forty percent said prescription medicines were "much safer" than illegal drugs, while 31 percent said there was "nothing wrong" with using prescription drugs "once in a while." The study further found that 29 percent of teens believe prescription pain relievers are non-addictive.

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