Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Young people battle prescription drug addiction

St. Louis Today (July 7) St. Charles, MO:

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year for the first time included a question about prescription drug abuse on its youth survey.  The results, reported last month, showed one in five in high school had, sometime in their lifetime, taken at least one prescription pill such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin or Xanax not prescribed to them. Nearly one in 10 reported taking 10 or more...  'As a society we have decided it is not OK to drink or smoke, but prescription drugs are seen as the golden bullet...' Patterson said. 'They are seen as savior drugs, and people do not recognize some of the dangers that come from them. Many parents say they monitor the alcohol or cigarettes in the house, but how many times do you hear them say they monitor their medicine cabinets?'"
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