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Prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse

Teens and younger children need to understand the risks that exist

May 22, 2011
Messenger News

Nearly 19 percent of teens report that they have intentionally used prescription drugs to get high and one in 10 teens report abusing cough medicine to get high. Because medications, unlike illicit drugs, are considered safe when taken as directed, many youths and their parents don't see their use as dangerous. Because these medications are available, and not against the law, parents and youths have a false sense of security. Many view their use as safer than the use of illicit drugs.



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