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Teenagers and Young Adults Abusing Prescription Painkillers

A new study finds that over the past fifteen years, the likelihood that a teenager or young adult will receive a prescription for a drug that could potentially be abused has nearly doubled. In 2007, one out of every nine teenagers and one out of six adults in their twenties received prescriptions for painkillers, sedatives and stimulants.

 “This study indicates that there are many more abusable prescriptions in people’s medicine cabinets, in homes where there are children,” said Dr. Cindy Thomas of Brandeis University.

The study focused on prescriptions for controlled medications, defined as drugs that have the potential for abuse, and whose use is regulated by the federal government.

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