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Fact: Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Is A Major Issue

  • Almost 1 in 4 teens report having misused or abused prescription drugs at least once in their life (that's around 5 million teens).
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly abused substances by teens, after marijuana and alcohol.
  • Prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12-13 year olds.

Fact: Prescription Medications Are Easy To Access For Many Teens

  • 73% of teens say it is easy to access prescription drugs from their parents' medicine cabinet.
  • 38% of teens who have misused or abused prescription drugs obtained them from their parents' medicine cabinet.

Fact: Abusing Prescription Drugs Can Be As Dangerous As Taking Street Drugs