Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs

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Martin Wesley says: "It's a problem everywhere, especially in Kentucky. We're talking about an issue that's a big problem for adults and obviously it's going to go into teenagers too."

Wesley is the manager of Park Place Recovery Center. He says the results of a nationwide study on teen prescription drug abuse are no surprise. And while these drugs are not illegal they are highly addictive.

Wesley says: "Primarily we're talking opiates, like your Vicodin, Loracet, all those are extremely addictive. Not too far from heroin."

And they are easy to get.

Wesley says: "Most people that are abusing drugs are getting them from many different sources. Grandma's medicine cabinet, many different places."

Rebecca Elrod says: "I'm sure they can get it from their drug cabinet at home."

Elrod is a senior at Bowling Green High school and president of the student government association. She says she was shocked to hear how many teens are abusing prescription medicines.

Elrod says: "I'm definitely drug-free. I've never done anything like that. I'm really proud of that. You know, I have friends who do it, but for me it's completely drug-free."

Elrod is in the minority according to Wesley. He says most teens are trying prescription drugs and that's not all.

Wesley says: "I think the drug of choice right now is not one particular drug, it's actually anything they can get their hands on."

Wesley says parents should keep close tabs on all the medicine in the home and stay involved and active in their teen’s life.

He says withdrawl from prescription medicines, painkillers especially, is very difficult to overcome.

To see the complete study, go to www.drugfree.org.