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More Teens Getting High With Pharmaceutical Drugs

By: Angela Salerno
By: Angela Salerno

It's being described as the newest crisis in America, the misuse and abuse of prescription and over the counter drugs by teenagers.

"Since people are getting in trouble with the drugs that are illegal, I can understand why they try and find ways to go over the counter and overdose that way," said Lauren Revell, a Florida High student.

Teenagers said pain relievers, anti-depressants and stimulants are right at their fingertips, since many of these drugs can be found right in their home medicine cabinets.

"It's probably easier than it should be, if you don't take good care of your meds and know where they are, then they are going to fall into somebody's hands," said Paul Peacock, a pharmacist.

Students we talked to aren't surprised teens are turning to over the counter cough medicines to get high.

"I know a lot of people these days that are lazy and they don't want to try and do anything, so the easier it is to get drugs that's what they are gonna do," said Bryce Trafford, a Florida High student.

While the use of marijuana, tobacco and ecstasy are on the decline among teens, more kids are turning to this trend known as "pharming."

"Because it's pharmaceutical they think it's not as bad as if you do regular illegal drugs, and probably ‘cause it's from a doctor, they think their parents won't think it’s as bad," said Bianca Medina, a Florida High student.

Officials said signs of "pharming" include change in behavior, sleepiness, and withdrawing from school and home activities.

The Partnership for Drug Free America said kids are less likely to use prescription drugs if parents talk to them about the dangers involved.


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