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Survey Finds Teen Misuse And Abuse Of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008

Prescription Medication

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  • One in four teens has misused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, a 33 percent increase in the last five years
  • Many teens and their parents believe prescription drugs are “safer” than illegal street drugs, when in reality they are just as deadly – and often more so
  • 86 percent of teens said their parents had not talked to them about the risks of abusing prescription drugs
  • Signs of prescription drug abuse among teens include constricted pupils, sudden weight loss, unusually increased energy levels, changes in sleeping habits and changes in friends or personal appearance

By Dr. Mercola

One in four teens has misused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, according to new survey results from the partnership at Drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation.


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