Prescription Drugs and Your Students
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Fact: In many schools, more students get into trouble with prescription drugs than illicit “street” drugs. Nationwide, about 1 in 4 students report misusing a prescription drug at least once. And that problem is increasing.
12-17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than ecstasy, heroin, crack/cocaine, and methamphetamines combined.
The major “problem” prescription drugs include painkillers, depressants, also called sedatives or tranquilizers, and stimulants. Often, teens obtain these prescription drugs from home – from improperly stored prescriptions left over from a previous health problem or currently used by a family member – or friends
School administrator discusses how some students may mimic behavior when it comes to prescription drug use
Here are some resources you can use to learn about prescription drug abuse: