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National survey indicates prescription drug teen use is increasing

National survey indicates prescription drug teen use is increasing, An alarming 33 percent increase in teen use of abusing prescription drugs during the last five years means that one in four teens admit to misused prescribed drug abuse.

According to the national survey results released today by The Partnership at and MetLife Foundation about 13 percent (or one in eight) of teens now indicate they have taken the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall when it was not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime.

The Partnership of Drugfree organization says the trend is the result of “lax attitudes and beliefs of parents and caregivers.”

Nearly one-third of parents say they believe Rx stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, normally prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can improve a teen’s academic performance even if the teen does not have ADHD.

“Parents are not effectively communicating the dangers of Rx medicine misuse and abuse to their kids, nor are they safeguarding their medications at home and disposing of unused medications properly,” the report indicated.

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