Prescription Drug Abuse

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There’s a drug poisoning teens and it’s in your medicine cabinet. Though you or your friends may think recreational use of prescription medications isn’t a big deal — you’re in for a dose of reality.

In a 2010 study, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and MetLife found that 1 in 5 high schoolers — 3.2 million teens — have abused prescription medication. What’s more, 64% of teens believe that the drugs are easy to find in the bathroom medicine cabinet.

Learn more about this not-so-secret-anymore epidemic hitting the U.S., how to spot the warning signs and where to find the help if you need it.

Prescription Drugs

Learn the facts on the rise of pill use and the dangers associated with drug abuse.

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Drug Free Youth In Town (DFYIT), the organization often referred to as "de-fy it," is dedicated to giving recognition to preteens and teens who choose to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle in the form of self-governing school clubs, scholarships and other activities in their communities.

Accoriding to Barbara Zolhman of DFYIT, there are 7,000 teens across the country involved with DFYIT who "remain drug and alcohol free and deserve to be rewarded." With 200,000 hours of community service completed, these teens not only say no, they support each other and educate their peers about the dangers of drug abuse. Zolhman also said, "If they abuse, this is a good way to stay sober."

Each day members of DFYIT stand up to peer pressure and build leadership skills with these school-based clubs. Members of the club receive random drug testing and develop awareness programs in their community.

To start DFYIT in your school check out their website above.

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"At least it's not heroin."

"It's not fair for my dad to tell me not to ever use again."

"I just want one last party."

"Sadly, these are some of the statements I hear," says psychologist, physical therapist and author of the bestselling book "A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo.

Lombardo is a therapist who helps teens cope with their addictions and drug abuse problems. When asked about prescription drug use among teens she said that it's more prevalent than ever before because "our society is so stressed out -- people look for food and drugs to cope," but since prescription drugs are easily available, many think "it's not a big deal.

It's her job to help them find out why they are using and to learn skills to cope with stress to help teens with their self-esteem. One technique she use is asking teens to list the pros and cons of using. Dr. Lombardo has them rate each pro and con from 0-10 of importance and then add the columns.

By using simple addition she helps teens weigh their choices, "It's about helping them figure out why not to use. I problem solve with them."

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There are many drug rehabilitation facilities available to teens with drug abuse problems. G & G Holistic Treatment Inc., in Miami, Florida is an example of a high end facility. We spoke with John Giordano, one of the co-founders of the organization about pharming.

"Prescription drugs are rampant," said Giordano. "Teens are going to pill parties where a bunch of kids get together and trade." He added, "They buy, steal and go to clinics" to get them.

When teens become addicted, but want to stop using, they can enroll in their rehab program that incorporates medical detox, therapy, motivational seminars, nutrition training and even acupuncture.

As someone who has personally dealt with teens who abused drugs, Giordano is dedicated to helping teens and preventing the dangerous side effects that come with abusing meds like Vicodin.

If you or someone you know is suffering from difficult problems and has been using drugs, he suggests finding help from someone you trust immediately.

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National Institute for Drug Abuse for Teens is a resource for information about drugs, drug abuse and where to find help near you.

According to their website, NIDA provides scientific data about drug use and their side effects. "Recognizing that teens want to be treated as equals, NIDA scientists were careful not to preach about the dangers of drug use. Rather, the site delivers science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so that kids will be armed with better information to make healthy decisions."

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Specialized high schools are helping some on the road to recovery.

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Overdoses from painkillers have tripled in decade, report shows.

One comment on “Prescription Drug Abuse

  1. stephen reese

    Yes there is a huge abuse on drugs and some that shouldn’t even be available to people , And I really appreciate the Governor of Denver doing what he did. And the teenagers they need to have more accountability, so the percentage of prescription drugs will go down amongst teens.

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