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Get Addiction Help for Teens and Young Adults Using Prescription Drugs

“This is the age of medication”, said Dr. Steven Jaffe. “I have a thousand parents who say, ‘I didn’t know how much my child was into.” That’s right. They’re really into medication – the kind they find in their own homes, steal from the family medicine cabinet and share with their friends. And the number of teens doing this is far beyond what any parent would probably think. There are millions of them – and some are going to wind up with a prescription drug addiction problem that requires professional addiction help.

In other words, your kids could basically be drug addicts right now. And you don’t even know about it.

In a recent article about prescription drug addiction and abuse, 17-year- old Kat Peterson says she took Percocet, Valium, Xanax and anything else she could get her hands on. She also said at first she didn’t think they were dangerous because “why would the doctor prescribe them if they were dangerous?”

And, she added, “I didn’t even care about the danger of it; that had no effect on me.”

That’s what teens and young adults are thinking. And that’s what they’re doing. Educate them, get involved in their lives, and if you find out they’re already taking prescription drugs, get them addiction help services before it’s too late. Professional addiction help can get them off drugs, but they need it fast. The death toll is rising.  

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