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SouthCoast Recovery have been warning of this for years – prescription drug addiction and abuse is becoming more of a problem in our country than illegal street drugs, as evidenced by the latest Monitoring The Future (MTF) study shows from the University of Michigan.

The 2008 MTF survey indicates a continuing high rate of prescription drug abuse among teens, with little change seen in the past six years. Nearly 10 percent of seniors reported past year nonmedical use of Vicodin, and 4.7 percent report abusing Oxycontin, both powerful opioid painkillers. In fact, seven of the top 10 drugs abused by twelfth graders in the year prior to the survey were prescribed or purchased over-the-counter. The top categories of abused prescriptions include painkillers, stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin) and sedatives (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin).

We attribute this epidemic to a few factors.  One is the lack of restraint by the FDA on pharmaceutical regulations and marketing practices as well as the nieve willingness of doctors to so willingly hand out harmful prescriptions to patients.  There is also the lack of understanding of parents about the dangers of prescription drugs and the perception of youth thinking that they are not as harmful as street drugs.  There is not a single source of blame here, but rather a shared responsibility.

Due to the abuse potential and addictive quality of these drugs, many young people who start off taking these drugs wind up requiring a full long-term rehabilitation center to solve the problem once and for all.  If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription drug abuse you can call and speak with one of our drug rehab counselors.


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