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More Teens Getting Dangerous Prescriptions

According to a new report, the chance that a U.S. teenager will receive a prescription for a controlled medication has nearly doubled over the last 15 years. In 2007, one out of every nine teens (as well as one out of six young adults in their 20’s) received prescriptions for medication that have the potential for abuse.

Young people commonly received prescriptions for opioid drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin -- the most frequently abused medications -- for back pain or insomnia. Psychiatric problems such as ADHD resulted in prescriptions for Ritalin and other stimulants, as well as sedatives.

Reuters reports:

“In 1994, only six percent of teens received a prescription for a controlled medication. By 2007, more than 11 percent were getting them -- adding up to 2.3 million doctors' visits in which a drug of this category was prescribed”.

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