Washington State Bar Association


OxycontinOxycontin Abuse in Teens

by Deborah Alexander

"There is an alarming trend in the teen population of the abusive use of the prescription drug, Oxycontin. Kids are getting these drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets and from their doctors’ offices. And it is not just the “burnouts” or “druggies” who are illegally using Oxycontin, but student athletes, academics, and the kid down the street as well. Illegally obtained prescription drugs are the second-most used drugs among teens, behind marijuana, but the awareness of this problem by parents and others in our communities needs to be heightened. Severe legal consequences -- including time in juvenile detention or jail and the possibility of not being admitted into a college -- are the risks at stake for teens who abuse Oxycontin and other prescription drugs." Read More...

Pharm-Raised Teens

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