Use and abuse
Use of prescription drugs for non-medical use is increasing at incredible rates. These drugs can be very effective if used under a physician’s care, however, if misused they can prove deadly. Parents and communities need to work together to help prevent the misuse and abuse of these powerful substances. Illicit drug use is declining for teens. Unfortunately, the use of prescription drug abuse is increasing and is currently being abused more than any illicit drug except marijuana.
Prescription drugs are being abused more than heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine combined. In 2006 more than 2.1 million teens in America abused prescription drugs and most teens get these from friends and family.
Did you know?
On average, marijuana today is far more intoxicating than 30 years ago. THC (delta-9-tetrhdrocannabinol) is believed to be responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. According to a study done by the Drug Abuse Quarterly Potency Monitoring Project Report in the U.S.A., THC levels in analyzed illicit cannabis samples have grown from 1.37 percent in 1978 to 8.49 percent in 2008, an increase of more than 500 percent.
Parents & families please help to keep your children safe. Keep your prescriptions in a place out of the reach of teenagers.