Community Education Programs: Drug Prevention and Early Intervention Education for Parents and Youth

Sign up for the Community Education eNewsletter >

Community Engagement Blog

National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008

National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008

April 24, 2013

New, nationally projectable survey results released this week by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a 33 percent increase over the past five years. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found troubling data on teen misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants. One in eight teens (13 percent) now reports that they have taken the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall when it was not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime.

Contributing to this sustained trend in teen medicine abuse are the lax attitudes and beliefs of parents and caregivers. In fact, nearly one-third of parents say they believe Rx stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, normally prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can improve a teen’s academic performance even if the teen does not have ADHD. Parents are not effectively communicating the dangers of Rx medicine misuse and abuse to their kids, nor are they safeguarding their medications at home and disposing of unused medications properly.

Read more on Drugfree.org >

CATEGORIES: Drug, Parent, Teen

Comments

There are no comments for this entry yet.

Leave A Comment

The views expressed in this section are those of the comment writers alone and may not represent the views or opinions of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Submitted comments will appear on this site pending approval by the PACT360 team. We reserve the right to remove comments at any time.