Published: April 8, 2015
Drug abuse is every parent’s worst nightmare. We blast commercials on popular networks to warn our children about the devastating effects of drugs, lecture our kids on the meaninglessness of partying and try our best to uphold boundaries. We shake our fingers at the mention of marijuana, crack cocaine and other substances. But the greatest threat may be hiding within your bathroom cabinet.
20% of Americans over the age of 12 have admitted to abusing prescription drugs, 56% percent of these over the age of 18. Elderly consumers who are prescribed drugs are often times given medicine that lends itself to longtime abuse. In fact, 56% of the elderly are given drugs that do more harm than good. 23% of drug abusers experience depression. Probably the most popular of prescription drugs is oxycodone, which is consumed at an alarming rate of 71% in the United States. The more popular drug, hydrocodone, is a favorite among U.S. citizens, since 99% of the worlds hydrocodone is consumed by the U.S. alone.
So what about the teens? 17% of high school seniors abuse amphetamines, striving for the high to take them out of the real world fears of college and academic success. A startling 3 million teens in the United States will become prescription drug abusers this year, more than the numer of teens who reported abusing prescription drugs in 2006 (2 million). Vicodin and OxyContin seem to be the hottest drugs on the high school market, since 9.3% of high school seniors abuse Vicodin, followed by 5% who abuse OxyContin.
So what can you do? Keep alert. If you suspect your child or elder relative is abusing drugs, don’t hesitate to contact a rehabilitation center. Don’t let your family be the victim of the drug age.
By Shrien Alshabasy