Studies continue to show a rise in prescription drug abuse among teens. The results of the study cited in the article below suggest that this is in large part due to perceptions and availability. If there is no perceived risk, the number of teens using prescription drugs is likely to grow, and illegal drug dealers are sure to make them even more available.
So the 41% of adolescents who believe that prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs are a market for illegal distribution of prescription drugs. This is the engine propelling the rise in abuse of prescription drugs. It underlines the importance of educating teens on the dangers of abusing prescription drugs in order to expose the "much safer" myth.
It is also important to educate parents and families on these dangers, and how adolescent drug treatment can help if needed.