Teens ages 14-15 years, start using drugs
other than what’s prescribed because of they
are curious to see what it feels like.
Early teens at High Risk for Painkiller Addiction A new study has found that 14- and 15-year-olds are at a higher risk than other young people of becoming dependent on prescription opioids within a 12-month period after using them beyond the prescribed amount. Many kids start using these drugs because they’re curious to see what it feels like. The point of the study was to estimate the risk of dependency after someone in this age group starts using them beyond the boundaries of a doctor’s orders. The study, based on a nationally representative sample of 12- to 21-year-olds taken each year between 2002 and 2013, focuses on what happens when young people start to use these drugs for other reasons.
Out of about 42,000 respondents, the researchers found that 14- and 15-year-olds were two to three times more likely to become opioid-dependent within a year compared to 20- and 21-year-old users. It’s important to identify when young people are starting to use these drugs because it allows us to provide prevention or intervention outreach strategies around these ages and much earlier on so things don’t escalate into something worse. Knowing where the drugs are coming from and educating parents on the prescribed dosages appropriate for their children, as well as the proper places to store drugs, are all ways to help ensure they are using them safely, she added. No age group is free from risk though.
Source: Medical News Today