Jeremy started his drug use with marijuana, then moved on to heroin. Read his recovery story. At age 19, Hailey is recovering from years of heroin abuse at a treatment center in New Mexico. John Herrera started experimenting with marijuana at just 11 years old.
A significant part of the drug crisis can be traced back to our homes, where prescription drugs are found and misused by other family members and friends, often adolescents and older teens. The first study identified sources of prescription drugs commonly abused by high school seniors. The researchers focused on three types of prescription meds—tranquilizers, stimulants and opioids—and tracked their sources and motivations for use across a group of 18, students. A second study identified sources of prescription meds misused by nearly , adolescents ages 12 to Of that group, nearly half said they had multiple sources for the drugs, including family members, friends with prescriptions, and other sources that lead back to prescription drugs in the home. The most common prescription-drug sources for adolescents between 12 and 17 were family members, friends, and prescriptions from doctors that were often written for previous conditions. There is a critical need for clinical workforce training to support clinic and school-based education, screening, prevention and early intervention.
Why Prescription Drug Addiction Is Growing Among Teens
So, she counted the pills and oddly enough, several were missing. Had Kent taken them? When Obert questioned him, he denied it.
Taking prescription drugs in a way that hasn't been recommended by a doctor can be more dangerous than people think. In fact, it's drug abuse. And it's illegal, just like taking street drugs. Some people abuse prescription drugs because they think they will help them have more fun, lose weight, fit in, and even study more effectively. Prescription drugs can be easier to get than street drugs: Family members or friends may have them.