Prescription Drug Abuse : Drug And Free World

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Everyday in the United States, 2,500 youth aged 12 to 17 abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time (“Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics – Overdoes & Deaths – Drug-Free World,”n.d.) A 2007 survey in the United States found that 3.3% of 12 to 17 years olds and 6% of 17 to 25 year olds had abused prescription drugs in the past month (“Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics – Overdoes & Deaths – Drug-Free World,”n.d.) Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdoses (“Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics – Overdoes & Deaths – Drug-Free World,”n.d.) Of the 22,400 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2005, opioid painkillers were the most commonly found drug, accounting for 38.2 % f these deaths (“Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics – Overdoes & Deaths – Drug-Free World,”n.d.) Almost 50% of teenagers believe that prescription drugs are much safer than illegal street drugs, with home medicine cabinets being the source for their drugs (“Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics – Overdoes & Deaths – Drug-Free World,”n.d.) Prescription drug abuse is when an individual takes a medication that was prescribed for someone else, or takes their own prescription in a way not intended by a doctor in order to get high (“Prescription Drugs, NIDA for Teens,”n.d.) Prescription drug abuse has become a major health issue because of the dangers of abusing prescription pain medications. Adolescents abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons; such…

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