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25 Apr How Prescription Abusers Become Heroin Addicts

Heroin use among rural and suburban populations is on the rise, and prescription painkillers are to blame. For decades, heroin use was mostly restricted to a certain demographic. Most heroin addicts were young men. They started using as teens and they came from low-income, often inner city neighborhoods. Now the typical heroin user starts in his early 20s, lives in the suburbs and started out abusing drugs prescribed to him by his doctor.
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15 Apr How Prescription Drug-Abusing Teens Become Heroin Addicts

After marijuana, prescriptions are the most commonly abused drugs by American teenagers, and this habit is turning our youth into heroin addicts. Narcotic painkillers, potent drugs that bring relief to people with real and chronic pain, are the No. 1 choice of teens who abuse prescription drugs. However, restricted access and the increased cost of painkillers have turned teenagers into heroin addicts in record numbers.
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08 Apr Prescription Drugs Cause More Overdose Deaths Than Heroin and Cocaine Combined

With the prescription drug abuse epidemic still in full force, it might not come as a surprise that the latest statistics show that prescription drugs cause more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. The problem of prescription drug abuse has been growing since the 1990s, and in 2013, of the 43,982 deaths caused by drug overdose, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 51.8 percent—22,767 people—died from prescription drug abuse. The fact that two illicit drugs often seen as causing the biggest problems in the country—heroin and cocaine—lead to fewer overdose deaths than the pills prescribed by doctors underlines the severity of the prescription drug epidemic.
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19 Dec 5 Dangerous Side Effects of Molly

5 Dangerous Side Effects of MollyIf you haven’t heard of Molly, you have probably heard of her alternate names: ecstasy and MDMA. MDMA is a chemical substance that is the main ingredient in the party drug ecstasy. In recent years ecstasy dealers have come up with a new name, Molly, and have tried to market it as a more pure and safer form of ecstasy. Molly is no purer or safer than any drug, and in fact, the side effects of Molly can be extremely dangerous. One of the reasons it is so risky to take Molly is that you may think you are taking a drug that is safe. This may lead you to take larger doses and to take fewer precautions. Understand the risks before you consider trying this dangerous drug.
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12 Dec Your Teen May be Using Drugs

Your Teen May be Using DrugsDo you know if your teen is experimenting with drugs? If you confidently answer that question in the affirmative and declare that there is no way your teen would ever use drugs, you may want to think again. Teenage drug use statistics demonstrate that no teen is immune to the lure of substance abuse and that you can’t make assumptions. Whether your child is a star athlete, an honor roll student, involved in numerous extra-curricular activities or just a good kid generally, he could be experimenting with drugs. Learn the facts and then have a talk with your teen.
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05 Dec Teens and Smoking

Teens and SmokingSmoking is a bad habit that negatively impacts health in a variety of ways. Cigarettes and other tobacco products are a concern for people of all ages, for individuals and also for public health. Teenage drug abuse statistics show that teens are smoking cigarettes less than they used to, but they are smoking marijuana more often. All parents should be aware of the risks associated with smoking both pot and cigarettes and should strive to prevent use in their children.
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27 Nov Why Prescription Sharing can have Deadly Consequences for Teens

 Prescription drugs are among the most commonly abused substances by teens, and many get them from their friends and peers. Teens often fail to recognize the dangers of abusing prescriptions. They falsely assume that because they are prescribed by a doctor, these medications are safe or at least safer than illegal drugs. In reality, it is never safe to abuse a prescription drug, and taking a medication that was prescribed to a friend constitutes abuse. The consequences of doing this are serious and devastating.
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20 Nov How to Talk to Teens about Adderall Abuse

Talking to Your Teen About Adderall AbuseAdderall and other medications for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are stimulants and prescription-only, controlled substances. Because of certain effects that these drugs produce, they are susceptible to abuse. A lot of kids are prescribed Adderall, which means that there are a lot of pills floating around. Teens are abusing Adderall, and the consequences can be serious. Learn the facts about Adderall abuse and talk to your kids about the dangers and why they need to say no to misusing prescriptions.
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