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For teens, misuse of Rx drugs predicts abuse of other drugs
For teens, misuse of Rx drugs predicts abuse of other drugs

Adolescents who were prescribed medications and acknowledged having fooled around with them were more likely to abuse other drugs and to have sold, traded or given away their meds to friends, says a new study. A survey of 2,744 Detroit-area high school students found that, among those who had been prescribed a sleeping, pain, anti-anxiety or stimulant medication in the past year, 22% acknowledged having deliberately taken more of that medicine than he or she was prescribed in an effort to get high. Researchers from the University of Michigan then asked about diversion of drugs and screened kids for drug abuse or dependence. They found that, compared with kids who took...

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