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Talking Points for Parents

Everyday in America, 2,500 youth ages 12 to 17 abuse a pain reliever for the very first time. Where do they get the prescription drugs? Over 70% obtained them from a relative or friend.

Why should parents be concerned?

  • More teens abuse Rx drugs than any other illicit drug, except marijuana.
  • Rx and OTC drugs are easily accessible.
  • Many teens believe it is safe to abuse Rx and OTC drugs.
  • Abuse of Rx drugs can be dangerous, even fatal.
  • Teens often sell their medications to others.

According to the Minnesota Student Survey, 10% of 12th grade students in Dakota County used their own or someone else’s ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) drugs to get high. These medications include: Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine and Strattera.

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Last updated: 11/12/2012 10:27 AM