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Teens and Prescription Drugs
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.
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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
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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:
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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"