Week 35 -- "Prescription drug use among teenagers" -- Grade 9

Week 35 -- "Prescription drug use among teenagers" -- Grade 9

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Prescription drug use among teenagers.

Brief Summary: In the United States, 2,500 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 will abuse a prescription drug for the first time every day. In fact, more people abuse prescription drugs — and more deaths occur as a result of that abuse — than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin combined. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. And while this used to be mainly an inner-city problem, abuse in rural white communities has far surpassed what occurs in inner cities.  There are many reasons why teens are opting for prescription drugs over illegal street drugs. As a parent, helping your teens become aware of the dangers is a step in the right direction.  Additionally, you will learn the signs of abuse and through these resources you will be able to help your teen if they have gone down this dangerous path. 

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • Prescription drugs are abused more than illegal drugs.
  • Prescription drug use is on the rise.  This is not just a poor or inner city problem, it impacts all socio-economic levels in the United States today.
  • There are many reasons why teens turn to prescription drugs which include: to help them focus, lose weight, to help them relax, or simply to get high to avoid problems in their lives.
  • Kids need to be educated as to the negative consequences associated with prescription drug use.  

Continue the Conversation:  Remember to be open and honest about these conversations.  Take a non threatening approach and tone.  Above all listen to what your child is saying.

  • Are kids talking about prescription drugs at school?  What are they saying?
  • Have you been exposed to prescription drugs?  When and where?  What can you do to avoid these places?
  • Why do we have prescription drugs?  What are they used for and how can they help with the symptoms they are designed for?
  • What can you do if prescription drugs are offered to you?
  • What questions do you have in regards to drugs?

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