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Teen Deaths Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocket

Teen Prescription Drug Deaths
In April 2012, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling statistics on the number of teens being lost to prescription drug abuse. Between the years 2000 and 2009, the number of children losing their lives to poisoning went up 90%. The CDC stated that the major reason for this increase is the growing abuse of prescription drugs by teens.

It’s doubtful that parents perceive that teen deaths related to prescription drug abuse skyrocket. They may only see that their child died, or perhaps they were lucky and their child was simply rushed to an emergency room for an overdose but survived. Or maybe they got the young person into a rehabilitation center in time to prevent these dire circumstances.

Despite Advanced Protections of Children, US Rate of Child Deaths is High

It could be argued that the US has far more protections of their children than most other countries. There are multitudes of laws in place to protect children or create safe communities. Despite this, the US has a rate of child injury death – including drug poisoning – far greater than many other countries. For example, the US rate of 8.65 children’s injury deaths per 100,000 people is more than four times that of Sweden and nearly twice that of Canada. Among American states, the worst rates are seen in South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Mississippi.

Teens Acquire Prescription Drugs Most Often from Medicine Chests

The primary way that teens acquire prescription drugs to abuse is by stealing them from their own home or the home of someone else. Even a guest who has a pill bottle in her purse could have some pills stolen by a teen with a craving for drugs. Addictive medications, particularly pain pills, must be protected from theft by storing pill bottles in a locked medicine chest. While this is inconvenient, any visitor to the home could steal just enough pills that the shortage might not be noticed. When teen deaths related to prescription drugs skyrocket, then changes need to occur.

At Narconon, Drug Addiction to Pain Medication Can be Overcome

A person who becomes trapped in addiction does not have to feel like their formerly happy life is gone forever. They can recover their personal integrity again and learn how to live sober. And it does not have to be a grim struggle to overcome an assault of daily cravings.

For Narconon, drug addiction responds to a long-term holistic program that deals with the three main components that trap a person in addiction: guilt, cravings and depression. It has been found in forty-five years of helping addicts recover their sobriety that guilt, cravings and depression can be lifted and eliminated. There do not need to be further drugs administered to cover up these problems and give a person a weak apparency of an enjoyable life. Cravings can be addressed with the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, a thorough detox that flushes out residues from drug use that become stored in fatty tissues. The presence of these residues have been shown to contribute to the triggering of cravings. Those finishing this detox talk about how much lower their cravings are. Some people even say they are gone.

Guilt is lifted by helping a person understand how personal integrity is lost and how it can be restored again, then guiding them through that process. As guilt is replaced by relief, it is common for those in this phase of recovery to talk about the weight that is lifted from them.

Depression can be lightened for some people by boosting their physical condition with nutritional supplements. It is well known that drugs and toxic exposures cause the body to burn up nutrients, so administering generous doses of nutrition help lift the mood. Then as a person works through repairing relationships that were damaged in the past and recovering self-esteem, depression related to addiction usually needs no further treatment.

Learn more about Narconon; drug addiction does not have to destroy the life of someone you love. Call today for further information: 1-800-775-8750.

Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/ChildInjury/infographic-text.html

http://www.cdc.gov/injury/about/focus-rx.html

Parents Can Be First Line Defense Against Teen Prescription Drug Use

Teens busing Prescription Drugs

By the time American children are through with high school, more than 50% of them have abused an illicit drug or a prescription drug. Approximately 60% of American students have drunk alcohol by the time they graduate from high school, 41% of them binge drinking (five or more drinks in a short time period) in the two weeks before the survey.

Europe is seeing some improvements in drug abuse among the young, with decreases particularly in cannabis use. But polydrug use and a proliferating market for synthetics like mephedrone and synthetic cannabis are worrisome.

In these geographic regions and others, children who are not adequately educated on the problems that can arise from drug abuse are frankly at risk.

The Monitoring the Future report that comes from the University of Michigan each year paints a picture of what happens when there is not enough information broadcast to young people who lack the experience to know what can happen from drug abuse. The latest report, issued in December 2011, noted that while heroin and cocaine use were down in the US, marijuana use was up and prescription drug abuse was steady at a high level.

In the US, schoolchildren 12 to 17 make up nearly 8% of those going into drug rehabs for help. When you total up the number who are not even 21 years old yet, you come up with 15% of the two million people into treatment in 2009. That’s 300,000 young people. The primary drug that group is struggling with is marijuana, but 67,000 went to treatment for alcohol abuse.

Many Teens Are Easily Convinced that Prescription Drugs are Safer

When teens see themselves or their friends given prescription drugs throughout their lives for problems focusing and settling down in schools or for injuries, and when they see their parents consuming prescription drugs for anxiety, pain or sleep problems, it is not hard to understand that they might consider prescription drugs a safe substance to abuse.
And so American youth abuse these drugs in unacceptably high numbers. Prescription drugs of abuse are all addictive and some of them are fairly easy to overdose on.

The number of high school seniors abusing prescription opiates like hydrocodone or oxycodone almost doubled between 1991 and 2010, hitting more than 13%.

In 2010, 7.5% of high school seniors abused a sedative. Eight percent abused a tranquilizer like benzodiazepines. Two percent abused steroids.

The class of amphetamine drugs was abused by 11% of seniors. This class includes the drug Adderall, commonly prescribed for young Americans and so in plentiful supply in schools. Ritalin, another stimulant, was abused by 2.7% of high school seniors and 2% of high school seniors also abused Provigil, a drug that was previously prescribed to children for so-called “attention disorders” but which was banned from use on young people due to serious adverse reactions.

Parents and Narconon Working Together Can Save Lives

Parents may be reassured to find out that they can have a positive effect on their children by talking to them opening about drug use. It’s important that both parents agree on the anti-drug and anti-alcohol stance taken, as the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Colombia University (CASA) found that this one factor can have a profound effect on whether or not a child decides to use drugs or alcohol.

CASA also found that having family dinners five or more times a week coincides with lower substance abuse than is found in families where communal dinners are held three or fewer times each week.

Parents Educating Kids About Drugs

The Narconon alcohol treatment or drug rehab delivered in rehab facilities around the world is there when drug prevention fails. When a person struggles with addiction, unfortunately, this struggle can go on far too long before they get effective help. At Narconon rehab centers, seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they go home, without the need of Narconon meetings, which is a remarkable success rate in this field.

Narconon also sends staff and volunteers to schools, clubs, civic groups and even the streets in some cities to educate children on drugs to prevent addiction from ever becoming a problem. Drug education teams are sent out from Narconon California and other centers across the US, in Ghana, Nepal, across Europe and in other parts of the world.

With parents and Narconon both working on the matter of drug abuse, addiction does not have to result in a lifetime habit, incarceration or death.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-vol1_2010.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey on American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI.

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/attachements.cfm/att_143743_EN_EMCDDA_AR2011_EN.pdf

http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k9NSDUH/tabs/Sect2peTabs1to42.htm#Tab2.4B

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2011.pdf

Are Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs While Parents Remain Unaware?

Two Million Children Using Prescription Drugs

In reports from multiple sources, the picture is being drawn of increasing teen prescription drug use. One such report comes from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and Columbia University( CASA). In their annual study published in 2011, CASA findings stated that more than two million student-aged children were abusing prescription drugs.

Is it possible that there are two million households where the parents are unaware of their teen’s prescription drug use? Interviews with those who started abusing prescription drugs as teens show that in many cases, the teen prescription drug use went on for quite some time before the parents were alerted. After all, prescription drug abuse is not as obvious as alcohol abuse. There’s no smell of OxyContin or Xanax on a young person’s breath after use.

Obtaining Prescription Drugs

Manipulation, deception and drug use seem to go hand in hand. After a person reaches the stage of true addiction to the drugs being abused, this is even more true as that person feels that his ability to cope with life and avoid agonizing withdrawals depends on avoiding detection. Even at a young age, people get very clever at explaining away mistakes, accidents and problems in life that are actually the result of substance abuse.

Like John B. from Boston, for example. He flunked out college due to his drug use but told his parents he was still going to school. He was dropped off in the morning at the community college and then walked home to hide out for the rest of the day. And Ryan T. from Atlanta. His parents didn’t realize that he was using marijuana, alcohol and cocaine in his high school years until his grades finally crashed and he lost a scholarship everyone had been counting on.

What Drugs are Teens Relying on?

The prescription drugs commonly being abused by teens include:

  • Opioid pain relieves like OxyContin, Lortab, Vicodin, Opana and others
  • Central nervous system depressants like Xanax and Valium
  • Stimulants often used to treat people diagnosed with ADHD, such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall
  • Over-the-counter drugs, including cough medications with dextromethorphan (DXM)

Obtaining Prescription Drugs

Teens obtain these drugs by stealing them from their own family’s or other people’s medicine chests, trading out their own prescriptions or getting them from the internet. They can also be purchased from drug dealers who traffic in illicit drugs. In the last few years, state governments have been closing one loophole after another to prevent the illicit distribution of prescription drugs but the statistics on teen prescription drug abuse are still rising.

Drug addiction treatment statistics for the US show that more than 150,000 young people find their way to rehab each year to recover from teen prescription drug use that turns into addiction. Nationally, only about one person in ten (of any age) who needs drug rehabilitation finds it. If the same proportion held true for teens, it would indicate that there were more than a million and a half teens who need help in the US alone.

Competition, Particularly in College, Drives Many Young People to Start Abusing Prescription Drugs

The drive to achieve in school is what causes some people to start abusing stimulant type drugs. Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta, prescribed for ADHD, are often abused by students who want to cram for a test or stay up all night to complete an assignment. Or they may want to abuse these drugs so they can stay up and party when they are already tired.

College Drug Use and Trafficking

On college campuses, students of all ages traffic these addictive stimulants to each other. Those who have legitimate prescriptions for the drugs are often pressured to provide them to others. Some other students learn how to manipulate the student health services to get their own pills.

Using Non-Prescribed Prescription Drugs

What is particularly dangerous is the number of teens in high school who do not feel that it is particularly dangerous to abuse prescription drugs. Out of about 13 million students, more than a million thought that using a prescription drug that was not prescribed for one was either not dangerous at all or was minimally dangerous.

Narconon Drug Solution

When students hit the more competitive atmosphere of college, the stress can be too much to bear, and prescription drug abuse may become a regular event. When one’s career is at risk in this way, the answer is the Narconon drug rehab program.

The Narconon drug rehab program is long-term, residential and holistic. Holistic means that it addresses the whole person and the problems that may have led him or her to drug use and addiction. Without eliminating the underlying reasons, those same stresses may lead the person back into substance abuse again in the future. At centers like Narconon Vista Bay in Northern California, those who have become addicted can recover in beautiful surroundings, helped by supportive staff who understand both the problem and the solution.

Trapped in Drug Addiction

When someone you care about has become trapped in addiction, contact Narconon to get all the details on how this program can bring them back to a sober, healthy life again. Call the international offices of Narconon at 800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.casacolumbia.org/upload/2011/20110629adolescentsubstanceuse.pdf

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/drugs/rise-in-prescription-stimulant-abuse-concerns-college-administrators

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/31/education/edlife/jacobs31.html?scp=1&sq=adderall%20advantage&st=cse