Dangers Of Prescription Drugs In Youth

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The Dangers of Prescription Drugs in Youth

No matter what type of medication a person takes, there will always be negative side effects. One has to learn to understand when the benefits outweigh the costs. With adolescents 12-25 the costs outweigh the benefits. Prescription and OTC (over the counter) drugs are the most abused drugs, after marijuana and alcohol, in both America and Canada. Article 1 and 6. One in twelve high school seniors reported past year nonmedical use of Vicodin and one in twenty reported using Oxycontin (, par.1). In 2004 the FDA adopted a “black box” label warning, the most serious type of warning, and issued a public warning
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1). Why are so many young people abusing prescription drugs? According to Prescription Drug Abuse; From the Director (, par.3) “[A] consumer culture amenable to “ taking a pill for what ails you” and the prescription of prescription drugs as less harmful than illicit drugs are [some of the] contributors to the problem.” Another contributor to abuse would be the pleasure effects prescription drugs can cause at sufficient quantities (, par. 7). ADHD drugs are abused by students who are seeking to improve their academic performance (, par. 8). A common misconception that appeals teenagers to prescription drugs is that prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs because they are prescribed by doctors…show more content…
“In the past medications were seldom studied in children because mental illness was not recognized in childhood. Also, there were ethical concerns about involving children in research,” (, par. 32). As of recent, there has been more research concerning children and mental illness. Recent research shows that half of mental illness began by age 14 (, par 1). Which is why in a clinical setting today, children are being prescribed at increasingly earlier ages (, par. 32). With the new research and more adolescents taking prescribed medication people have been noticing more side effects that have been harming children. In October 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration issued a public warning about an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors in children and adolescents treated with SSRI antidepressant medication. In 2006, an advisory committee to the FDA recommended that the agency extend the warning to include young adults up to age 25
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