Teens and Prescription Drugs: An Analysis of Recent Trends on the Emerging Drug Threat

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

This report combines data from national studies and published reports to show trends in illegal prescription drug use among teens. Although overall teen drug use is declining, the illegal use of prescription drugs is rising, with their overall use now second only to marijuana.

The report aims to identify myths that teens believe regarding the health risks of abusing prescription drugs, and to make parents aware of these perceptions. Painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin top the list of the most widely abused prescription drugs, followed by stimulants, tranquilizers and sedatives. Girls are more likely to abuse these drugs than boys and are more likely to develop dependencies in their youth than as adults. Free. 13 pages. (202) 395–6618,


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