What’s the Big Deal?

Life happens. Sure, sometimes it can even be boring or a drag. So, you experiment with a drug that everyone is taking like Meth, cocaine, Ritalin, Ecstasy, Adderall or start drinking a lot of something really “cool” like vodka or beer… You feel good, it reduces stress, you’re relaxed. You fit in and you feel older. You think you have it under control… Recently, you have had a few close calls… so what?

You really believe it can’t happen to you…

Kate Moss, Jim Morrison, River Phoenix, Chris Farley, Boy George, Charlie Sheen, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix… the list goes on… what do they have in common? It did happen to them. Some are addicts. The others died young from substance abuse overdoses.

There is an old saying that a drug is a drug is a drug. To some degree, any drug that changes the way you think or feel is abuse-able. One can see the obvious negative effects of alcohol, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, steroids and the newer drugs like ecstasy, GHB and Ketamine.

According to the National Clearing House for Drug and Alcohol Information, more teens are turning to a different kind of drug abuse: taking prescription drugs to enhance mental performance or just for fun. They may not be street drugs but if they aren’t used in the correct way, they can be just as harmful.Plain and simple, illicit drugs and alcohol are addictive. And both are illegal for teens.

Still don’t believe it can’t happen to you?

The Truth About Prescription Drugs

Partnership for a Drug-Free America conducted a study that reported teens are misusing and abusing prescription drugs at an alarmingly high rate. The study found that teens are more likely to use prescription drugs such as Ritalin, Oxycontin, and Vicodin, to get high than use street drugs like cocaine, Ecstasy, and LSD. It also reported that one in five teenagers used prescription painkillers recreationally.

According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, teens say that prescription drugs are easier to get. Many teens abuse pills that they find in their home medicine cabinets, or at their friends’. Teens are scared away by street drugs, but feel that prescription drugs are harmless since they’re prescribed by a health care provider. But prescribed medications can be dangerous if they’re not used as directed.Health care providers take into account many factors such as medical history, other medications being taken, allergies, and body weight before determining if a medication is safe for a patient.

And some prescription drugs can be highly addictive. Many prescription painkillers have the same components similar to heroin which is highly addictive.Withdrawing from heroin is painful and not fun.

Millions of people rely on prescription drugs for pain relief and other serious medical conditions and disorders.These drugs benefit the people who need and use them correctly. But taking a drug that isn’t prescribed for you may be very dangerous, and it’s also illegal. It is also illegal to give or sell your own prescription drugs to other people.

If you feel that you or a friend has a problem with prescription drug abuse, talk to a trusted adult, like a parent, teacher, or counselor.Visit our resources section or call 888.278.8607 for more information.