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Teens love prescription drugs



Teens love prescription drugs
A report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that more Americans were abusing controlled prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin combined.

Abusers of prescription drugs nearly doubled to over 15 million from 1992 to 2003.

Of 15.1 million abusers of prescription drugs , 2.3 million are teenagers, but teens turn to prescription drugs at much higher rates than adults do, the study reports.


Teens who abused drugs were twice as likely to use alcohol, five times as likely to use marijuana, 12 times likelier to use heroin and 21 times likelier to use cocaine than teens who did not abuse such drugs.

Researchers said the increase is due largely to the ease of accessibility through the Internet and household medicine cabinets, and a perception that the drugs are safe even when abused.

"Availability is the mother of abuse," said Joseph Califano, center chairman and former U.S. secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. " ... It may be parents should be thinking of locking their medicine cabinets."


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