9 Warning Signs Your Teen May Be Abusing Prescription Drugs

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescription drug misuse and abuse are when someone takes a medication inappropriately (for example, without a prescription, or an amount that is more than prescribed). Prescription drug abuse has steadily been on the rise in recent years and sadly, prescription drug misuse and abuse among teens is a huge problem. And while prescription drug use among 12th graders has steadily and slowly dropped since 2015, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol (National Institute On Drug Abuse For Teens).

A common misperception, especially among teens, is that prescription drugs are safer or less harmful than other kinds of drugs. And prescription drugs can be easier to get than street drugs, making it an even higher risk of abuse among teens. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Prescription drugs most often abused include opioid painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, and stimulants.”

Warning Signs of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

The following signs aren’t always a definitive indicator of a drug abuse problem among your teen, but the more signs you notice, the more you should be concerned. 

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If you suspect that your teen may have a prescription drug abuse problem, it’s time to get help. Safe detoxification from prescription drugs requires professional treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance use disorder and a mental health condition, get help today. Addiction can happen to anyone. Addiction makes you feel isolated, but you are not alone. Treatable is available and recovery is possible, start your new life today by contacting us today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.