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Abuse Of Prescription Meds Among Teens Greater Than Most Illegal Drugs
Date:11/8/2010

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, teens abuse prescription medications more than all illegal drugs combined, excluding marijuana.  Many teens are under the misconception that these highly addictive, easily accessible drugs are "safer" than illicit drugs.

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Derek Spring of Summerfield, is just one Florida teen effected by prescription drug abuse.  It started after an argument with his girlfriend.  A friend offered 19-year old Derek a pill to help him forget his troubles.  Derek was reluctant to take it until his friend mistakenly told him, "Hey, this can't hurt you, I wouldn't give you a street drug, this is a prescription pill from a doctor."  Janice Spring, Derek's mom, is now living with the tragic consequence that can result from prescription addiction.  "The pill not only hurt Derek, it addicted him, and then it killed him," she says.

Nationally, 3.2 million teens, or one in five, admit to abusing prescription medication at least once.  Without teen education, these numbers are expected to increase.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse has designated November 8 – 14, National Drug Facts Week; a health observance week for teens. The physicians working with The Pain Truth, a campaign established to combat Florida's increasing prescription drug addiction problem, suggest parents and educators share the following information with teens to help shatter the myths of prescription drugs.

MYTHS

Prescription drugs are safe - A drug is not safe just because a doctor prescribed it. Prescription meds require a prescription because they are powerful drugs that need to be monitored and dosed properly to avoid problems like overdose and risks like he
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SOURCE Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP)
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