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Prescription Drug Abuse Becoming a Bigger Problem for Area Teens

Jan 23, 2013

In Wisconsin, prescription drug abuse among teens is on the rise and could soon top the use of marijuana. Teens are often getting the drugs from their family’s medicine cabinet or from a friend at school.

Many teens do not understand or know what drug they are consuming which is a risky situation. The local police warn parents that prescription drugs are being bought and traded at or near schools. Teens commonly experiment with Ocycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, and Adderall. Police recommend that parents get to know whom their children are friends with and to keep track of what is in their medicine cabinet. Each day, 2,000 teens begin abusing prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them. According to the Center for Disease Control, prescription drugs are linked to more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined.

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