Drug use, including teen drug use, not only involves street drugs but also prescription pill abuse.
Teens often find it easier to look for pills at home or buy them from other teens who find them the same way. Prescription pill use in the United States has always been high, and overuse of powerful opioid prescription pills over the last couple of decades has led to an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths that is now all over the headlines.
That is why it is important to pay attention to the prescription pills most commonly abused by teens.
Top 10 Drugs Prescribed in the U.S
The top ten prescribed drugs in the U.S. include statins for high cholesterol, calcium channel blockers to control blood pressure, treatments for diabetes, and antibiotics. However, the number one prescribed drug in the United States is hydrocodone (often combined with acetaminophen and sold under trade names like Vicodin, Norco, or Xodol).
Hydrocodone is a powerful synthetic opioid used to treat severe pain. It is also a highly abused drug like its relative Oxycontin. Any sign that your teen is using this or any other opioid, including street drugs like heroin or illegally produced pills that can contain fentanyl should be taken very seriously as their life could be at risk.
Most Common Drugs Used In Minnesota
There are regional differences in drug use, both due to historical preference and availability, and those most commonly across the U.S. as a whole are not the same as those most frequently used in Minnesota. It’s probably no surprise that the most commonly used drug in Minnesota, as in many places, is marijuana. While in the past, other illegal drugs like meth were a big concern, but now prescription drug abuse is a growing problem. This demand for prescription pill opioids can, in turn, lead to a demand for heroin when pills are hard to come by.
What To Watch Out For
It’s important to keep track of prescription pills in the home and to dispose of those not needed properly. Even pills that do not also function as recreational drugs may be tempting to your teen if they do not know that or have been misinformed. Above all, opioid painkillers should be kept very secure as it is easy for a child or an adult to develop a drug addiction problem.
You should also look out for signs of physical dependence such as extreme irritability in the morning hours and excessive mood changes throughout the day.
If you are concerned about a teen who may need the assistance of a teen drug and alcohol rehab, contact Anthony Louis Center to learn more about their outpatient and inpatient programs.