Teen Prescription Drug Use and Addiction

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Abuse of prescription drugs has been on the rise, not just among teens but among other age groups as well. What is particularly dangerous is the assumption teens often make regarding these drugs—that they’re safe simply because they are prescription. This naïve assumption has unfortunately proven deadly for far too many teens.

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The prescription drugs most often abused by teens fall into three large classes of pharmaceuticals, and each can be dangerous or deadly in their own ways.

Drugs prescribed for short-term pain relief: Vicodin, Lortab, Darvocet, Percocet, Codeine Drugs prescribed for long-term pain management: Oxycontin, Methadone, morphine
Drugs prescribed for a wide range of psychiatric conditions and disorders such as anxiety, panic attacks, or insomnia, such as Valium, Xanax, Clonapin, Restoril.
Drugs prescribed for the treatment of ADHD, such as Ritalin, Adderral and Dexedrine.
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