According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (National Institutes of Health), young adults and teens are the biggest abusers of prescription pain relievers, ADHD medications, and anti-anxiety drugs. One in four teens will misuse or abuse a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime.
Most people who misuse prescription drugs, including teens and young adults, get them from family or friends.
More than 40 percent of teens who misuse prescription drugs get them from relatives’ medicine cabinets. Keeping your prescription medications out of sight and out of reach will help prevent the young people in your life from having access to medications that could harm them if not used properly.
In addition to preventing access to medications, it’s important to talk to the young people in your life about the dangers of prescription drug misuse, abuse and addiction. Studies have shown that children whose families talk to them about drug abuse are 50 percent less likely to misuse them.