In this situation, sharing is not caring – and that’s what teens are doing. Teenagers are more common than not to share their medication with other friends. Published in the journal of Psychology of Addictive Behavior, the study showed 2,700 Middle and high schoolers in the Detroit area observed over a 3 years year period after being prescribed any one of the above medications. The results found that those who had been prescribed medication were 10 times more likely to try and obtain the medications illegally, experiment, and share with friends.
Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and lead author on the study, Carol J. Boyd, PhD stated, “These medications are highly efficacious. That said, what many parents don’t realize is their abuse potential.” What it comes down to is trying to find healthier ways for teens to battle insomnia or anxiety before it comes down to detox centers in Sacramento to help out.