Many Young People Misuse Psychoactive Drugs They’re Prescribed

Many Young People Misuse Psychoactive Drugs They’re Prescribed

New findings published in the journal Family Medicine & Community Health reveal that nearly a third of teens and young adults misuse prescribed psychoactive drugs such as tranquilizers and stimulants, reports BMJ. Survey results showed that 35% of respondents took a prescribed psychoactive drug in the last year, and 30% admitted to misusing that medication. Despite opioids being the drug most often prescribed, teens and young adults were more likely to misuse stimulants and tranquilizers (45%). One in four adolescents ages 12 to 17 said they took a psychoactive drug they were prescribed during the past year; 6% of these took two of these meds. Among those who were prescribed a minimum of two psychoactive medications, 61% admitted to drug misuse, and nearly 94% reported using another substance at the same time.

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