Should Teen Athletes Be Prescribed Painkillers?

Young athletes at the peak of their performance are often told to push through the pain of an injury. This usually means popping more and more prescription painkillers every day. Experts believe that the 22,000 Americans dying each year due to painkiller addiction (National Safety Council) are athletes who got hooked after suffering injuries. Continue reading “Should Teen Athletes Be Prescribed Painkillers?” »

Millennials and Their Parents Hit Hardest By Opioid Crisis

Recently, Columbia University discovered that Millennials and Baby Boomers appear to be the age groups hardest hit by the opioid crisis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), over 2 million Americans were abusing opioids in 2015, including heroin and prescription opioids, such as painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone) and codeine. Continue reading “Millennials and Their Parents Hit Hardest By Opioid Crisis” »

Is Your Teenager Abusing Opioids?

As the opioid epidemic rages on teens remain at a higher risk. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), seven out of ten teens who abuse prescription opiates will mix them with other drugs and alcohol at one point. Besides the obvious danger, each substance enhances the effects of the other, including the liver’s ability to manage the process of detoxification.  Continue reading “Is Your Teenager Abusing Opioids?” »

Top Reasons Teens Abuse Drugs

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Teen drug abuse goes beyond alcohol and marijuana. Today, all it takes for many teens to be able to get high is to take a look through their parents’ medical cabinets, and many parents are unaware that their kids may be taking advantage of seemingly harmless prescription bottles at home. Kids as young as 12 and 13 abuse prescription medications at higher rates than other drugs. These adolescents often don’t realize all the dangers of prescription drugs because they are not illegal and are prescribed by doctors. Prescription drugs don’t have the same stigmas of danger as drugs like heroin or cocaine.

Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens

Teens report using prescription drugs often for reasons of convenience. 62% of teens who used prescription drugs reported that the drugs were easy to get from their parent’s homes, while 50% reported that these drugs are easy to get from other people’s prescriptions. It seems that teens are simply using the drugs that are easiest for them to get, and today that means prescription drugs.

Additionally, teens report using prescription drugs because they have the false assumption that these drugs are less dangerous than other drugs. In fact, 35% of teens said they think prescription drugs are less dangerous than illegal drugs, and 51% said they believe these drugs are less dangerous. Teens turn to prescription drugs because they are easy to get and because they don’t think these drugs will cause serious harm.

Teen Drug Abuse Prevention

Teens use prescription drugs on the basis that they are easy to procure and on the belief that they aren’t dangerous. In order to prevent teens from abusing these drugs, it’s important to educate them on the true risks involved with abusing prescription drugs so that they understand that these drugs can be every bit as dangerous as illegal drugs when abused.

Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City provides drug testing services to help you prevent your teen from abusing drugs. Contact us today at (816) 875-0464 to learn more.

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