Guide to Check Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens

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Prescription drug abuse is already creating a furor in the United States, with an increasing number of people indulging into it for a euphoric high. The teenagers are no exception. Indulgence in prescription drugs is becoming a regular affair for them with the drugs becoming the “new party must-haves.” Prescription drugs are also being used to increase focus, to feel energetic and to deal with stress.

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Guide to Check Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens Prescription drug abuse is already creating a furor in the United States with an increasing number of people indulging into it for a euphoric high. The teenagers are no exception. Indulgence in prescription drugs is becoming a regular affair for them with the drugs becoming the “new party must-haves.” Prescription drugs are also being used to increase focus to feel energetic and to deal with stress. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration DEA says that after marijuana synthetic marijuana spice and alcohol prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by teens. According to the 2014 Monitoring the Future Survey 13.9 percent high school seniors used a prescription drug non-medically in a year prior to the survey. Types of prescription drugs abused and its health effects There are three kinds of prescription drugs that are mostly abused. Abusing these drugs can be really harmful to the mental and physical health of a teen. These drug types are:  Opioids: Teenagers use painkillers such as Vicodin OxyContin Percocet and Codeine more than any other prescription medicine. These medicines are generally used for treating mild to severe pain. However teenagers abuse this category of painkillers to attain a sense of extreme euphoric pleasure. Moreover they have an easing effect that helps them deal with stress.  Depressants: Depressants help relieve anxiety and induce sleep. Common medicines like Valium and Xanax that belong to the category of benzodiazepines are abused by teens to decrease tension and lower the feelings of anxiety panic and fear.

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 Stimulants: This group of medicines is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD. Abusing these medicines such as Adderall and Ritalin will help a teen become alert. A lot of teenagers abuse such drugs to boost their energies and increase their concentration in academics. Teens these days are getting more conscious about how they look so they have started abusing amphetamines for losing weight and prescription steroids for gaining weight and building muscles. However abusing prescription drugs has adverse consequences. The teens get addictive to these drugs due to frequent abuse without realizing the health implications. Continuous indulgence in painkillers for example can cause respiratory problems which can be fatal at times. Depressants can cause cognitive impairments blurred vision nausea and sleepiness. Stimulants on the other hand can cause extremely high temperature paranoia and irregularity in heartbeats. Continuous abuse of prescription drugs during teenage period can establish a life-long dependence on a drug that will be difficult to quit in the long run. Some warning signs of teen prescription abuse As more teens are abusing prescription drugs parents should be more vigilant about certain warning signs that can indicate that they are into something wrong that needs immediate attention. Some of the visible signs in teens abusing prescription drugs are:  sudden mood changes angry outbursts hyperactivity or agitation  decrease in grades inability to focus getting into trouble at school  sudden changes in appetite sleep patterns and personal hygiene  disappearance of medicines from home medicine cabinets  constant visits to internet sites dealing with prescription drugs  showing suspicious behaviors and demanding more privacy One should note that teens usually get the drugs from a relative friend or someone he/she knows. Parents and teachers should take corrective measures to explain that such drugs are harmful for both mental and physical health. Moreover discarding the unused or old prescription drugs in a safer place should be followed religiously to curb abuse. The current medications should always be kept in a locked cabinet out of reach of teens. If you or your loved one is addicted to prescription drugs seek medical assistance from one of the recognized prescription drug rehab centers in California. Contact the California Prescription Abuse Helpline at 855-738-2770 to find out about drug rehab in California at state-of-the-art drug rehab centers in California. A reliable prescription drug rehab in California can help you abstain from the drug of abuse and receive a proper recovery plan. For more information please visit www.californiaprescriptionabusehelpline.com

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