About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Survey Reveals Increase in Prescription Drug Abuse by US Teens

by VR Sreeraman on June 4, 2010 at 10:40 AM
Font : A-A+

 Survey Reveals Increase in Prescription Drug Abuse by US Teens

One in five US high school students has abused prescription drugs, including powerful medications such as OxyContin and Percocet, a study published Thursday shows.

White teens were the most likely to say they had abused prescription drugs, with 23 percent admitting they had taken a drug such as OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax or Ritalin without a doctor's prescription, the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found.


Seventeen percent of Hispanic teens and 12 percent of blacks said they had abused prescription medications.

The 2009 study, which surveyed 16,000 US high school students, also found that nearly three-quarters of US teens have used alcohol, more than a third -- 37 percent -- have used marijuana, 6.4 percent have used cocaine, nearly seven percent have used ecstasy and four percent have use methamphetamine.

"Some people may falsely believe that prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs yet their misuse can cause serious adverse health effects, including addiction and death," said Howell Wechsler, director of the CDC's division of adolescent and school health.

The findings come from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which has been conducted every other year since 1991.

The question about prescription drug use was asked for the first time last year.

Source: AFP

Recommended Reading

This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Survey Reveals Increase in Prescription Drug Abuse by US Teens Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests