prescription drugs

Are teens really abusing prescription drugs?


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's 2019 Monitoring the Future Study, the abuse of prescription stimulants (amphetamines) and opioids are among the top ten drugs being used by middle and high school students in the United States.  


Opioids: is a broad term used to describe any type of substance, either natural or man-made (synthetic) that binds to opioid receptors in the brain (these control pain, pleasurable, and addictive behaviors). Opioids include natural substances, such as codeine, morphine, and heroin; synthetic substances such as fentanyl and methadone; and semi-synthetic substances such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Oxycontin)

Amphetamines: belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants and can be used to treat Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. Commonly prescribed as Adderall®, Concerta®, Dexedrine®, Focalin®, Metadate®, Methylin®, or Ritalin®.









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