Prescription Drug Abuse by Teens in the United States

in Substance Abuse

Research conducted by the University of Michigan found that one in 10 young teenagers who visited the emergency room in Michigan abused prescription pain killers in 2012.

10.4 percent of the 2,100 teens who entered the emergency room at the University of Michigan Medical Center abused a prescription drug.

8.7 percent abused prescription opioid such as Oxycontin, methadone or hydrocodone. 85 percent of these teens did not have a prescription for the painkiller.

5.4 percent of teens abused sedatives such as Ativan, Xanax or Valium. 88 percent of these teens did not have a prescription for the sedative.

In August, the medical journal The Lancet stated that painkiller addictions in the United States is the worst drug epidemic in the country’s history.

Source:  Marisa Taylor, “Study: 10 percent of teens in the ER abuse prescription drugs,” Al Jazeera America, October 30, 2013.

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