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Oz Teens Addicted to “Recreational” Prescription Pills or “Pharming”

by Tanya Thomas on  September 15, 2008 at 5:10 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
Oz Teens Addicted to “Recreational” Prescription Pills or “Pharming”
Australian teenagers have now turned to yet another method to achieve that "easy high"-their prescription drugs. Yes, one in every four Oz teens admits to marauding his or her parents' medicine cabinets for OTC drugs.

The new trend has been dubbed "pharming".
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A new research has revealed that youths aged 12 to 17 are most likely to take medications recreationally because they are cheaper, easier to obtain and mistakenly believed to be 'safe'.

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In a risky bid to maximize a "hit", youngsters are crushing cocktails of pills and snorting the powder, mixing them with alcohol or even injecting.

In a new research, which involved 2813 young Australians, researchers said the "most concerning" finding was that 23.5 per cent of 12 to 25-year-olds took prescription drugs recreationally.

Paul Dillon of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia said young people commonly believed if a drug came from a doctor it was safe.

"We live in a pharmaceutical world where there's a drug for everything, so we are creating a generation of users," News.com.au quoted him, as saying.

Source: ANI
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