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Teens and Prescription Drugs

Updated on January 29, 2012

Dependency in the Medicine Cabinet

Presicription Drug Abuse among teens between the ages of 12-17 have risen significantly over the last decade. This rise in teen drug abuse has reached a new level. Prescription Medication such as Opiates (pain killers), Amphetamines (speed), and Depressants (downers). These drugs are abused more than any other illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines combined. The increase in abusing prescription medication is not seen as dangerous to teenagers than illicit street drugs. Reality is, prescription and OTC drugs and very dangerous, addicting, and can cause death. Most of the teens who abuse these drugs get them from friends, family, or find them in the Medicine cabinet. Parents who are concerned about teen drug use should safeguard all prescription and OTC medications and if prescribed should be dispensed. Over the Counter Medications have reached an all time high as well, some OTC medicines are now kept behind the pharmacy. OTC meds such as Antihistamines and Inhalers can be purchased easily and the dangers of these drugs are phenomenal.

 

Images of Abused Prescription Drugs-opiates,painkillers

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Loracet 7.5
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oxycodone 15mg
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oxycodone 5mg
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Darvocet 100
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Methadone 10mg

Most Widely Abused Prescription Meds and Street Names

Pain Killers are one of the most popular of prescription drugs and the most addictive. Always use with caution and KEEP OUT OF REACH. If you find one of these pills on a teen whether it is a son, daughter, nephew, niece, neighbor, friend, act appropriately, you may be saving some one's life.

Percocet, Loracet, Endocet, Darvacet, Ultracet, Loratab. Hydrocodone, oxycodone, Methadone, Morphine, Dilaudid, Oxycontin

Street Names for this these Drugs:

40, 80, Blue, Cotton, Kicker, oc's, Os, Ox, Oxy, Pills, Dreamers, Emsel, First Line, God's Drug, Miss Emma, Mister Blue, Morf, Morpho, Black Pill, L's, Bars, Hillbilly Heroin, Blue Buses

Prescribed Amphetemines Images

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Adderoll 12.5 mg
Adderoll 12.5 mg
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Adderoll 30 mg
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Ritilin
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Abused Prescription Amphetemines

The drugs are prescibed for wieght loss, ADHD, and Narcolepsy. The drugs will suddenly increase your heart rate. They are used primarily by teen girls wishing to lose weight or athletes for energy. These drugs are widely used but street drugs such as meth, and ice are still very popular

Ritalin, Adderoll, Vyvanase

Street names for this type of Drug:

speed

Images If Depressants

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xanax .5 mgDiazepam (generic for Valium) 2mgValium 2mgdiazepam 5 mgValium 5 mg10 mg DiazepamAlprazalam generic for XanxAlprazalam bar or "totem pole"Xanax bar or "totem pole"AtivanClonazapam 5 mg generic for ClonipinClonazapam 10 mgValium 10 mgDiazepam 5 mg
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Diazepam (generic for Valium) 2mg
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Valium 5 mg
Valium 5 mg
10 mg Diazepam
10 mg Diazepam
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Alprazalam generic for Xanx
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Alprazalam bar or "totem pole"
Xanax bar or "totem pole"
Xanax bar or "totem pole"
Ativan
Ativan
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Valium 10 mg
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Diazepam 5 mg
Diazepam 5 mg

Abused Prescriptions Depressants

Depressants or Downers are prescribed for numerous reasons. From Mental Illness, Anxiety, Short term Emotional Trauma, to lower blood pressure, and many many more ailments. Downers are easily found on the street and are very cheap. Most of these pills have been taken from home, friends, other family memebers. It didn't take long to realize you could get high taking these. These types of pills are also very addicting, as much as the pain pills, most of the time these are taken together, which increases chances of injury, or even death.

Ativan, Klonipin, Xanax, Valium, Buspar

these drugs as well as the others also come in gerinc form usually ending in "pam"

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    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      thanks for reading my hub. this disease not only ruined my family but took my sister and brother from me forever, in my hub The Perfect Addict you can read about just a little of what PILLS can do. It saddens me about you son but be thankful that even though he is in jail, at least u know he is safe. You are right, television can sometimes make it appealing and it tells too much information.. Stay strong and know that we as parents and family members can do the best we can, it doesnt mattter, it still seems as though we will never win this war. You and yours will be in my prayers and I hope that your son realizes his demise and chooses help. God Bless.

      dori

    • IAMELIZA99 profile image

      IAMELIZA99 

      6 years ago from Gloucester Township, NJ

      the problem in my area is 30mg oxycodone...they are widely prescribed in Florida, the kids here are traveling down there, and buying them cheaply, and the worst part is they learned it from the A&E show Intervention, and other drug-related documentaries..My son learned how to smoke pills from TV!! Hes in jail now, thank God hes not dead..........Thank you...Im also writing on the same topic...please wait for my article-coming soon. This disease ruined my family..

    • smizzled301 profile image

      smizzled301 

      7 years ago from maryland

      Thanks for sharing! I just wrote an article about percocets. So many adults are on them too. My husband works at a car dealership...and even.the bosses do it...its bigger than ever.

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I am not sure who you are and i would not usually even approve this comment and i hope you read this because you are in need of serious help. what in the heck does this article have to do with marijuana, stay off my hubs if you can't be considerate, polite, and if you want to know wtf bipolar is, look it up you ass.

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      OTC drugs are for PUSSYs 

      8 years ago

      Only mostly white kids are affected by theses lame ass pills! WTF is bipolar, etc... They never had that shit back in the day, Just whip your kids ass(discipline) and they wont act like that! OTC pills Kill, Marijauna doesnt! LEGALIZE IT!!!

    • mythbuster profile image

      mythbuster 

      8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Informative hub, fortunerep. The video was pretty good, but it sort of downplays drug dealers that sell to kids rather than showing that kids get drugs both at home and from dealers.

    • Tom Cornett profile image

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Good hub...prescription drug abuse is a very serious problem...it is getting worse with teens and adults.

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Cosmo, it is so true and doctors give them out like candy.

      dori

    • Kosmo profile image

      Kelley Marks 

      9 years ago from California

      Michael Jackson had lorazepam in his system when he died. Like Elvis, he had a bunch of stuff. It's definitely true that prescription drugs kill more people than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined. Good hub. Thanks. Later!

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Caleb, I love the video which is also a commericial, it says it all.

      dori

    • Caleb Anderson profile image

      Caleb Anderson 

      9 years ago

      They are now saying that prescription drug abuse is outpacing the use of illegal street drugs. The more informed you are, the better your chances at catching it early, great hub.

    • fortunerep profile imageAUTHOR

      fortunerep 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Yea, it kinda hits home for prescription drug abuse took my sisters life, The Perfect Addict. Thanks for taking the time to comment during this hub madness!

      dori

    • girly_girl09 profile image

      girly_girl09 

      9 years ago from United States

      This is a great article. I think that for some people, it is much easier to become addicted to prescription pain killers than alcohol. You don't have to drink 4-5 drinks to feel really elated. When I was 15/16, I started getting terrible migraines and my doctor prescribed vicodin. I was on it for a long time and it made me feel really good and relaxed. One pill makes you feel a lot better than drinking too much. I was lucky to finally get off them, but I can see how they become a problem for so many. They're really cheap and so accesible, not to mention, easy to take.

      Again, great article! Really important to raise awareness on this issue for parents as well as teens!

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image

      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Last night I have read about high percantage of kids who are already on PRESCRIBED DRUGS as for bipolarity, ADD/ADHD, depression, hiperactivity....and of course kids are already addicted.

      It is nothing strange, that the others abuse the same type of pills for the same or other purposes...

      Thumbs up for your Hub

      Thumbs up

    • shamelabboush profile image

      shamelabboush 

      9 years ago

      Thanks fortunerep for this informative hub. Families should be careful dealing with these drugs.

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