Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More teens getting dangerous prescriptions

Reuters Health (New York, NY) November 29, 2010

"The chance that a teenager or young adult will receive a prescription for a controlled medication has nearly doubled in the last 15 years in the U.S., according to a new report.
In 2007, one out of every nine teens and one out of six young adults in their 20s received prescriptions for medication that have the potential for abuse, such as pain killers, sedatives and stimulants like Ritalin.
'This study indicates that there are many more abusable prescriptions in people's medicine cabinets, in homes where there are children,' said Dr. Cindy Thomas at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, who reviewed the findings for Reuters Health." Read More

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