For many high school students, they are told the best approach to getting accepted into a good college is to get good grades and participate in numerous extra curricular activities. Parents often push teenagers to make good decisions and work as hard as they can to achieve success.
In many cases, parents fail to realize the stress and anxiety of a teenager who doesn’t know how to handle it, can lead to drug abuse. A recent study by US News verified reported 20% of high school students have used prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them.
“We are very concerned that 20 percent of high school students are reporting this behavior. It can be dangerous to take a prescription drug that hasn’t been prescribed to you. 71 percent of all prescription drug overdose deaths, are drawing younger and more suburban users.”
Nationwide, prescription opioids caused more than 16,000 deaths across all ages in 2013, a 50 percent increase from three years before, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Law enforcement officials say that abuse of the drugs has also contributed to a spike in heroin usage and deaths from heroin overdoses as some opiod users switch to the cheaper narcotic.
What You Can Do About It
If you or a loved one who went to New Trier High School and is currently experiencing anxiety, depression or abusing prescription drugs, you’re not alone. Call 855-400-8318 to learn how to handle the situation.
The abuse of prescription drugs was widest among whites at 23 percent, followed by Hispanics at 17 percent, and black students at 12 percent. In addition, the abuse of prescription drugs was most common among 12th graders (26 percent) and lowest among ninth graders (15 percent), the researchers found. But, prescription drug abuse was the same for boys and girls, at 20 percent.
The good news is there are programs teenagers and parents can call for support. Most people are unaware there are free drug abuse hotlines that offer consulting and professional advice for concerned parents. If you have concerns about your teen, please call 855-400-8318 and get the support you need. It is always better to educate yourself and be safe than sorry. We are here to help.
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