Drugs and Society Essay

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Dangers of Teens with Prescription Drugs Luis Mario Pilligua Pamela Manning HE 111 A recent study posted in the Washington Post recently, found discouraging trends on drug use in children. Parents need to talk and inform their teens about the dangers of using and abusing prescriptions drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall, just to mention one issue. It's alarming when teens were asked about the last substance abuse conversation they had with their parents, a very few number of them actually admitted prescription drug abuse to them. To compare, most teens said they talked about the risks of using illegal drugs such as marijuana, crack, and cocaine with their parents, and just about the same number discussed alcohol. Studies have also shown that one in four teens had misused or abused a prescription at least once. The numbers were increasingly higher, over thirty percent in the last five years. In addition, a great number of teens reported misusing or abusing the drugs Ritalin or Adderall, and the number of use of theses stimulants prescribed to treat (ADHD) seems to be increasing, according to other national studies. As a matter fact, teens seem to have an easy access to these prescriptions drugs, since some parents seem not to think of the prescription drugs as major risks for their teens, in fact, there are some of these parents who consider these prescription drugs as helpful academically for their teens. On the other hand, sadly to say, some parents considered that using prescription drugs to get high was “safer” than using street drugs. It's even more alarming of what a great number of parents think, was the thought of ADHD medication such as Ritalin or Adderall can improve a child's academic or testing performance, even if the teen does not have ADHD. In fact, there are some parents who did not even see a

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