The reality of prescription drug abuse in teens
Prescription (Rx) drug abuse has become one of the leading drug problems in the nation, especially among teens. In fact, Rx drugs are the most commonly abused substances by teens 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol. Although prescription drugs are made to provide relief from a variety of symptoms, they can have adverse effects when taken improperly. Nearly 1 in 4 teens (23%) report taking a prescription drug not prescribed to them by a doctor at least once in their lives.