Chasing the High

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Chasing the High

Chasing the High:
Prescription Drug Abuse among Teenagers ( 12-17 Years)
Prescription Drugs are medications that are prescribed to patients by a doctor to help in
many ways, such as relieve pain, treat symptoms of a disease, or to help fight an
infection. They are very safe when used properly and under supervision of a physician, yet
if used without approval of a doctor they can be very harmful and in some cases could lead
to death. During your adolescence years, teens have curiosity which builds up and leads
them to experimentation. They pop a pill, get high and then want more. Not only do they
ease your state of mind, Increasing numbers of teens have easy access to painkillers
through classmates, friends, family members, and even online. Sometimes they can even
obtain the leftovers from the family medicine cabinet. After experimenting with
prescription drugs, what was once a curiosity can turn into dependence rather quickly and
even lead to death. Teenagers feel that taking pills is a cheaper, less harmful way to
ease your state of mind. If teens are not educated about prescription drugs and the
consequences they withhold than the drug use among teens will only increase and so will
the deaths.

There are many reasons for continued use with prescription drugs. Some teens feel it takes
their minds off of stressful issues and helps them escape their

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problems. Then again, they could be the outsider of a group and feel it's a solution to
make them fit in with the crowd. Other reasoning's are based upon curiosity and rebellion
against their parent's authority. It gives them a powerful, emotional state that their in
control of what they do helping them feel grown up. According to The National Institute on
Drug Abuse, "there are certain risk factors that are strong indicators of potential for
addiction or abuse: poverty, substance use by parents or other family members, substance
use by peers and the perception that "everybody's doing it", early use of alcohol,
tobacco, or drugs, poor adjustment to school and/or low achievement at school, poor
physical and/or social environment at home or at school, being homeless or running away,
childhood aggression, rebellious or sensation-seeking behavior, and being a victim of
physical or sexual abuse. (Drug Abuse-Addiction 1)

There are three classes or prescription drugs that are most commonly abused by teenagers:
Opioids, CNS depressants, and Stimulants. "Among teens who abuse prescription drugs, the
most commonly reported use was of prescription painkillers or opiods." (Chasing The High
1) Opiods are drugs that ease the pain by blocking all pain messages. These drugs can
"produce drowsiness; cause constipation; depress breathing..." (National Youth Anti-Drug
Media Campaign 1) If you use them for a long time, it can lead to physical dependence and
addiction. Your body becomes used to your normal dosage, therefore you must consume higher
dosages to feel the full effect which can

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