ERIC Number: ED473613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Prescription Drug Abuse and Youth. Information Brief.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Drug Intelligence Center.
Prescription drugs, a category of psychotherapeutics that comprises prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives, are among the substances most commonly abused by young people in the United States. Prescription drugs are readily available and can easily be obtained by teenagers who abuse these drugs to experience a variety of desired effects. Often these young people are unaware of the serious health risks involved in abusing prescription drugs. Increasingly younger adolescents obtain prescription drugs from classmates, friends, and family members, or they steal the drugs from school medicine dispensaries and from people for whom the drug had been legitimately prescribed. This brief provides data on prescription drug abuse by young people, information on the most commonly abused prescription drugs, and prevention and treatment options. (GCP)
For full text: http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/pubs/1765/.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Drug Intelligence Center.