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Trends in Teen Drug Use

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A new study released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America has found a 25% decline in methamphetamine use and a 30% decline in marijuana use in teens. Where the Partnership found an increase, is with the usage of over the counter or prescription drugs. 1 in 5 high school teens admit to abusing prescription drugs.

Only 24% of teens report that their parents talked to them about the dangers of prescription drug use; and roughly 18% reported that their parents discussed the risks of abusing over the counter cough medicine. Steve Pasierb, the president and CEO of the Partnership, believes that the decreasing number of drug and alcohol abuse in teens underscores the influence and power of parents. In other words, it is important to talk to your children about the risks of all drugs, whether they are illegal or legal.

Teens turn to prescription drugs to combat problems with anxiety and depression. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has pointed out several signs to look for in your children that can indicate adolescent depression. Signs may include a dramatic change in your child’s behavior that lasts longer than a few weeks, loss of interest in activities, difficulty concentrating, or anger and hostility. When teens feel the affects of depression they turn to prescription drugs for help. If you think your teen may be exhibiting some of these behaviors consult a doctor.