When it comes to teens and prescription drugs, there are several myths surrounding the problem that simply aren’t true. One such myth is that teens buy illegal prescription drugs from drug dealers. Even though some teens know about people who sell drugs at school and on the street, many of them find drugs in their own homes. They steal the pills right from the medicine cabinet without being noticed. The common types of drugs that teens abuse are over-the-counter cough syrup, Ritalin (medication for ADHD), amphetamines, sedatives, and just about anything they can get their hands on.
According to the “Monitoring the Future” survey of 50,000 teens in the U.S., adolescents obtain prescription drugs from the following sources: home, friends, strangers, and illegal pharmacies on the Internet. The study also mentioned that one of the reasons that teen drug abuse is running rampant is that prescription drugs are so readily available.
Teens can get prescription drugs from a variety of sources at no charge. In order to keep prescription drugs away from your teens, hide them in a safe place, and properly dispose of any unused medications. Although many medications may seem harmless, they’re dangerous when misused. Teenagers also need to fully understand the potential dangers of taking prescription drugs for recreational purposes.
Young people also need to understand that taking prescription drugs is illegal. The fact that these drugs are prescriptions doesn’t mean that it’s okay to take them. Too often, teenagers hear from their friends that it’s safer to take prescription drugs as opposed to illegal ones. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Teenagers need to realize that doctors go through a very long process when they prescribe drugs. Doctors perform physical examinations, tests, more tests, and medical histories. After all that preparation, a prescription is made, and hopefully the drug produces the expected result. Teenagers thinking about taking prescription drugs need to realize that taking drugs to get high is foolish.