Anxiety, Sleep Rxs for Teens May Increase Risk of Abuse
the MPR take:
Adolescents prescribed anxiety or sleep medications are up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs compared to those who have never received a prescription for these medications, reports a new study in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. The 2,745 teens surveyed were grouped into one of three categories: those never prescribed anxiety or sleep medications, those prescribed the medications within the three-year study period, and those previously prescribed the medications but not during the study period. Those who were prescribed anxiety medications during their lifetime (but not during the study) were 12 times more likely to use anxiety medication not prescribed to them vs. those who had never received a prescription for the drugs. The adolescents prescribed anxiety or sleep drugs during the study period were 10 times more likely to abuse them within two years vs. those who had not received a prescription. While not all teens who have received a prescription for anxiety or sleep medications abuse these drugs, parents and clinicians are advised to carefully monitor refills and be alert for potential signs of misuse and abuse.
ANN ARBOR--The medical community may be inadvertently creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers, say University of Michigan researchers. Teens prescribed anxiety or sleep medications are up to 12 times more likely ...
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