Prescription drug abuse in America’s high schools

in Substance Abuse

According to the US Center for Disease Control, one in five students in high school abuses prescription drugs such as Oxycontin or Vicodin.

26 percent of Seniors were found to have used prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription, with 15 percent of Freshmen reporting illegal use.

(Latest prescription drug abuse statistics.)

Source: Elizabeth Landau, “CDC: 1 in 5 high schoolers abuse legal drugs,” CNN, Paging Dr. Gupta Blog, June 3, 2010.

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