Prescription drug abuse increasing among teens is a dangerous trend. Teens abuse prescription drugs for various reasons, and each time they do so, they put themselves at risk.
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise for people of every age, and these drugs bring with them some devastating consequences. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, prescription drug abuse now results in more injuries and deaths to Americans than all illegal drugs combined.
Reasons Teens Abuse Prescription Drugs
Teens, who are so impressionable, often get involved with prescription drugs because of peer pressure. Sometimes teens take prescription drugs because they help them relax and become more comfortable in social settings, or because they give them the extra boost of energy needed to party with friends all night. Some teens take prescription pills simply for the thrill of it. A popular trend among young people today is to hold pill parties, where teens all bring drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet and take turns popping the pills to see what happens.
Other teens abuse prescription drugs to improve their performance in school or sports. They may take pills that will help them focus or that keep them up all night so they can study, or they may take pills that increase their endurance so they can do better in sports.
Still, other teens rely on antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications, or even sleep aids, to get by. Many teens acquire these kinds of pills from relatives or friends and take them to meet a need, but they do so without having an actual doctor’s prescription for such drugs.
A Dangerous Trend
Prescription drug abuse is dangerous and illegal. Teens tend to think of these medications as harmless because they are prescribed by a doctor, and many teens do not feel it is wrong to take drugs that are prescribed for someone else. Every drug has side effects, however, and misusing prescription drugs that are safe for one person can have devastating effects on someone else. It is important for parents, teachers, and other role models to get the message out to our young people that prescription drugs should only be taken under the care of a doctor, and abusing them is dangerous, illegal, and can lead to a life of addiction.