New Resource: Prevention Brief on Prescription Drug Abuse by Adolescents

Source: National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence E Newsletter, January 2009
Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused drug among adolescents—surpassed only by marijuana.  Nearly one in five teens report abusing prescription drugs to get high, and one third of all new abusers in 2006 were 12 to 17 years old. This Prevention Brief summarizes the data on prescription drug abuse and provides strategies for parents, schools, and medical professionals to prevent abuse. This prevention brief can be accessed at

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