Teens abusing prescription medications more & more - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/09

Teens abusing prescription medications more & more

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You know those prescription painkillers in your medicine cabinet, with a few left inside the bottle and maybe a refill allowed on the label?  According to a survey at the University of Michigan, teenagers are increasingly using those prescriptions to get high. 

The survey included more than 12,000 students at various high schools and found that 12% said they had used prescription opioids, which can include codeine, for non-medical reasons. More than half of those teens said they had used them to relax, relieve tension or simply to feel good.

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