If we focus too closely on the opioid epidemic, we could miss the growing problem with abuse of stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine, and prescription drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and others. Just like opioids, these drugs can be deadly.
Ritalin is widely prescribed to both school children and adults, but some people abuse it non-medically for the cocaine-like high it produces. When they are later diagnosed with an early form of emphysema, they may realize that the thrill wasn’t worth the price.
While alcohol and marijuana remain the drugs of choice among teens, prescription drug use is climbing as kids turn to their parents’ medicine cabinets for a free high. Now medicated highs are even easier as kids use their own prescriptions for drug abuse.
They’re prescribed to kids and adults who supposedly have attention difficulties, but more and more teens are abusing prescription ADHD drugs. Whether they are diagnosed with attention deficit or not, kids are finding out that these drugs produce a keen high—and bring in substantial profits.