Prescription Drug and Over‐the‐Counter Medication Abuse High Among Youth
Next to marijuana, the most commonly abused drugs by high school seniors in the U.S are over-the-counter medication and prescription pills according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It was estimated that 1 in 9 youth between the ages of 12 to 25 had used prescription drugs non-medically in 2010.Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication are the 2nd most commonly abused drugs in the U.S by high school seniors. Due to this popular but dangerous trend, it is imperative that you as parents take all the necessary precautions to keep your son or daughter drug free.
Prescription Drugs Commonly Abused by YouthNot just in the U.S., but all over the world, youth are taking prescription drugs recreationally, and it can have detrimental effects. The most commonly abused over-the-counter and prescription drugs, according to NIDA, are the following:
- Vicodin (pain killer)
- Adderall (medication commonly used for ADHD)
- Cough medicine (usually containing codeine, a pain reliever)
- OxyContin (pain killer)
- Ritalin (also used commonly for ADHD)