Teenage Prescription Drug Misuse

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Though most illicit drug use by teens declined over the past decade, teen prescription drug misuse steadily increased (Johnston, O'Malley, Bachman, & Schulenburg, 2008). In 2003, roughly 2.3 million teens in the U.S. reported lifetime nonmedical use of a prescription drug (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2004). By 2008, that number had jumped to 4.7 million teens, or one roughly in five teens in the U.S. (Partnership Tracking Study [PATS], 2009). In contrast, from 2002 to 2008, reported lifetime marijuana use among teens aged 12 to 17 decreased from 20.6 % to 16.5 % (SAMHSA, 2009). In addition, of the estimated 1.7 million emergency room visits in the U.S. in 2006 related to drug misuse, more than 700,000…show more content…
In 2008 the number of kids that reported the misuse of prescription drugs was 1 in 5 teens (Partnership Tracking Study [PATS], 2009). An increase from 2003’s estimated 2.3 million teens in the U.S. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2004). This has showed that out of the 1.7 million emergency room visits that over 700,000 involved prescription drugs (Drug Abuse Warning Network [DAWN], 2008). This problem with teens is very important because of two reasons, it can have severely impact on brain development during adolescence, (Compton & Volkow, 2005) and the misuse of prescription drugs before 16 may lead to more drug use later in life (SAMHSA, 2006). That is why there is so much concern with teens misusing prescription drugs is because of the long and short term medical problems it causes and how quickly the problem is growing in our
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