Recreational use of prescription drugs among teenagers.
From a USA Today article by Janet Kornblum.
More teens now say it’s easier for them to acquire prescription drugs — usually powerful painkillers — than it is to buy beer, according to the 13th annual survey on attitudes about drug abuse, out today, from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.
What’s concerning about the trend is the use of very powerful antipsychotics recreationally. Today’s prescription drugs are nothing to laugh at. Furious Seasons writes about this regularly and with gusto. Here’s a does of Furious Seasons:
I continue to be fascinated by how psych meds–and particularly the atypical antipsychotic Seroquel–have wormed their ways into American culture and in how Seroquel has become a drug that, when snorted or shot, can get people low in a way they really seem to dig. As I’ve reported before, this drug seems to be replacing–or supplementing–OxyContin as a new hillbilly heroin.
And here’s a new example: dude gets busted in Massachusetts for, among other things, having hundreds of Seroquel pills that he didn’t have an Rx for. Clearly, he or his friends are slinging this drug and taking this drug (which simply staggers me given how gnarly this drug is when taken as intended) and, as I recently noted, some folks are so attracted (dependent? addicted?) to Seroquel that they will fake symptoms of schizophrenia in order to get a “legitimate” Rx.
So, what are your kids doing? (Back to USA Today)
Almost half (46%) of teens surveyed say they leave their homes on school nights to hang out with friends — and sometimes use drugs and alcohol. But only 14% of parents say their teens leave home to hang out with friends.
Teens still say it’s easiest to buy cigarettes and marijuana. But for the first time, they say prescription drugs not prescribed to them areeasier to get than beer, the survey says.