Y??rs ?go, th?common im?g? of ?n ?dol?sc?nt drug ?bus?r w?s ? t??n trying to ?sc?p? fromr??lity on ill?g?l subst?nc?s lik? coc?in?, h?roin, or m?riju?n?. Tod?y, th?r?is ? gr??t discr?p?ncy b?tw??n th?t p?rc?ption ?nd th? r??lity of who is lik?lyto ?bus? drugs. ? t??n?g? drug ?bus?r might not h?v? to look ?ny furth?r th?nhis or h?r p?r?nt’s m?dicin? ch?st to ‘scor?.’ Pr?scription drug ?bus? by t??nsis on th? ris?. ?lso, t??ns ?r? looking to pr?scription drugs to fulfilldiff?r?nt n??ds oth?r th?n to f??l good or ?sc?p? th? pr?ssur?s of ?dulthood.T??ns m?y b? just ?s lik?ly to r?sort to drugs with ‘sp??dy’ sid? ?ff?cts, lik?Rit?lin to h?lp th?m study long?r, ?s th?y ?r? to us? pr?scription p?inkill?rsto ch?ck out of r??lity.

Pr?ssur?s on t??ns ?r? growing, to succ??d in sportsor to g?t high gr?d?s to g?t into ? good coll?g? (Pr?ssur?s on tod?y’s t??ns,2008, th??ntidrug). Furth?rmor?, b?c?us? pr?scriptions drugs ?r? pr?scrib?d bydoctors th?y ?r? l?ss lik?ly to b? s??n ?s d?trim?nt?l to t??ns’ h??lth. ? l?ckof ?w?r?n?ss of th? probl?m on th? p?rt of t??ns, p?r?nts ?nd soci?ty ing?n?r?l, th? ov?r-m?dic?tion of ?m?ric?, ?nd th? gr??t?r str?ss?s ?nd pr?ssur?sput upon t??ns in th? mod?rn world h?v? ?ll conspir?d to cr??t? th? growingprobl?m of pr?scription drug ?bus? by t??ns. “Th? b?h?vior, drug ?bus? pr?v?ntion?xp?rts s?y, is not?bly diff?r?nt from th? us? of drugs lik? m?riju?n? orcoc?in?…Th? go?l for m?ny young ?dults is not to g?t high but to f??l b?tt?r:l?ss d?pr?ss?d, l?ss str?ss?d out, mor? focus?d, ?nd b?tt?r r?st?d. It is just th?t th? ??si?strout? to th?t ?nd oft?n s??ms to b? m?dic?tion for which th?y do not h?v? ?pr?scription” (H?rmon 2005, p.

1) ?ccording to th? P?rtn?rship for ? Drug-Fr???m?ric? in ? s?lf-r?port?d study, 1 in 5 t??ns h?v? ?bus?d ? pr?scription p?inm?dic?tion, 1 in 5 r?port ?busing pr?scription stimul?nts ?nd tr?nquiliz?rs,?nd 1 in 10 h?s ?bus?d cough m?dic?tion, ?nd th?t m?y b? only th? ‘tip of th?ic? b?rg’ in highlighting this probl?m (Pr?scription drug ?bus?: ? s?riousprobl?m, 2008, P?rtn?rship for ? Drug-Fr?? ?m?ric?). St?roid ?bus? by t??n?thl?t?s ?nd ?bus? of p?rform?nc?-?nh?ncing suppl?m?nts lik? cr??tin? is ?lsoon th? ris? (P?rform?nc?-?nh?ncing drugs ?nd your t??n ?thl?t?, 2008, Th? M?yoClinic). ?lthough som? t??ns m?y f??l th?t th?y ?r? c?rt?in th?t th?y know’drugs ?r? b?d,’ ?nd drugs fry your br?in, m?ny w?ll-?duc?t?d t??ns ?nd young?dults do not s?? th? s?m? risks inh?r?nt in pr?scription drugs or drugs th?tm?k? th?m f??l b?tt?r or run f?st?r (Th? P?rtn?rship’s fri?d ?gg m?ss?g?, 2013,P?rtn?rship for ? Drug-Fr?? ?m?ric?).

“For ? siz?bl? group of p?opl? in th?ir20’s ?nd 30’s, d?ciding on th?ir own wh?t drugs to t?k? – in p?rticul?r,stimul?nts, ?ntid?pr?ss?nts ?nd oth?r psychi?tric m?dic?tions – is b?coming th?norm. Confid?nt of th?ir ?biliti?s ?nd oft?n sk?ptic?l of psychi?trists’?xp?rtis?, th?y choos? to r?ly on th?ir own r?s??rch ?nd ??ch oth?r’s?xp?ri?nc? in tr??ting probl?ms lik? d?pr?ssion, f?tigu?, ?nxi?ty or ? l?ck ofconc?ntr?tion. ? m?dic?l d?gr??, in th?ir vi?w, is us?ful, but not ?ss?nti?l,?nd c?rt?inly not suffici?nt,” r?ports th? N?w York Tim?s, s?ying incid?nts ofyoung ?dults t?king Rit?lin to st?y out p?rtying ?ll night or pr?ssur?dstud?nts popping ? pill to study into th? l?st f?w hours (H?rmon 2005, p.1). Ph?rm?c?utic?ls h?v? b?com? such ? glob?lp?rt of ?m?ric?n cultur?, s?lf-m?dic?ting just to f??l ‘norm?l’ is ?ssum?d tob? n?c?ss?ry. “K?th?rin? g?v? th? tr?nquiliz?r ?tiv?n to ?noth?r fri?nd whocompl?in?d of f??ling short of br??th ?nd p?nicky…’I ?cquir? quit? ? f?wm?dic?tions ?nd th?n disp?ns? th?m to my fri?nds ?s n??d?d. I usu?lly know wh?tI’m t?lking ?bout,'” s?id K?th?rin? to ? r?port?r, un?bl? to s?? th?t h?rb?h?vior w?s ?ny diff?r?nt th?n som?on? s?lf-m?dic?ting with ?noth?r drug(H?rmon 2005, p.1).

?nd not unlik? ? cl?ssic ill?g?l drug us?r or ?bus?r,K?th?rin? w?s unwilling to ?cknowl?dg? th? pot?nti?l risks of th?t b?h?vior,d?spit? th? f?ct th?t sh? ?xp?ri?nc?d n?g?tiv? drug int?r?ctions. Wh?n drugs?r? circul?t?d in sm?ll b?tch?s, oft?n without th? origin?l p?ck?ging,”inform?tion ?bout risks ?nd dos?g? ?r? not includ?d. ?v?n c?r?fuls?lf-m?dic?tors, th?y s?y, m?y not r??liz? th? h?rmful int?r?ction th?t drugsc?n h?v? wh?n us?d tog?th?r or m?y r??ct unpr?dict?bly to ? drug” (H?rmon 2005,p.1). ?lso, d?v?loping t??n br?ins m?y not b? ?bl? to h?ndl? th? sid? ?ff?ctsof ?ntid?pr?ss?nts ?s w?ll ?s ?dult br?ins, ?nd d?v?loping t??n bodi?s m?ysuff?r mor? physic?l h?rm from drug int?r?ctions. ?lthough, ?ll th? bl?m? c?nnotb? pl?c?d on th? t??ns.

Th? us? of m?dic?tions to tr??t ?v?ry minor inf?ction,from ?r?ctil? dysfunction to to?n?il fungus ?xplod?d during th? 1990s. “Dir?ct-to-consum?r drug ?dv?rtising,?pprov?d by th? Food ?nd Drug ?dministr?tion in 1997, h?s for most of th?ir?dult liv?s s?nt th? m?ss?g? th?t pills off?r ? cur? for ?ny ill. Which on?s tot?k?, m?ny ?dv?rtis?m?nts sugg?st, is l?rg?ly ? m?tt?r of p?rson?l choic?”(H?rmon 2005, p.1). So th? FD?, r?th?r th?n curt?iling th? probl?m, m?y h?v?only contribut?d to it by ?mpow?ring th? ph?rm?c?utic?l industry to ?dv?rtis?to consum?rs.

How?v?r, this m?k?s pr?scription drug ?bus? ?v?n mor? d?ng?rous,sinc? so m?ny individu?ls ?r? on minor m?dic?tions for on? disord?r or ?noth?r.This h?s m?d? th? pot?nti?l risks of n?g?tiv? drug int?r?ctions ?sc?l?t? dr?m?tic?lly(Your br?in’s r?spons? to drugs, 2008, T??n Growth). Ironic?lly, m?ny doctors ?r? not ?bl? tofind th? pill to tr??t ? p?ti?nt’s illn?ss h?s not incr??s?d f?ith in doctors,only m?dic?tion, ?s s?lf-pr?scrib?rs insist th?t th?y know b?tt?r th?n doctors ?ndwh?t suits th?ir p?rticul?r m?dic?l n??ds. On? wom?n, ?n ?dmitt?ds?lf-pr?scrib?r of ?nti-d?pr?ss?nts such ?s P?xil ?nd Proz?c to h?rs?lf “couldr?cit? th? pros ?nd cons of ?v?ry s?l?ctiv? s?rotonin r?upt?k? inhibitor on th?m?rk?t …y??rs of w?tching doctors try to find th? right drug cockt?ils for h?r?nd for ?ssort?d fri?nds h?s not bolst?r?d f?ith in th?ir ?xp?rtis?…lots ofdoctors don’t know wh?t th?y’r? t?lking ?bout sh? insist?d” (H?rmon 2005,p.2). Furth?rmor?, th? ov?r-pr?scription of drugs l??ds to s?lf-m?dic?tion simplyby g?n?r?ting mor? drugs into th? circul?tion ?nd h?nds of p?opl? who m?y onlyus? on? or two pills from ? pr?scription: “pr?scriptions to tr??t ?tt?ntiond?ficit disord?r in ?dults ?g? 20 to 30 n??rly tripl?d from 2000 to 2004″(H?rmon, 2005,p.

2) Th? N?tion?l Surv?y on Drug Us? ?nd H??lthh?s id?ntifi?d four c?t?gori?s of th? most commonly ?bus?d pr?scriptionm?dic?tions: p?in r?li?v?rs, stimul?nts, s?d?tiv?s ?nd tr?nquiliz?rs. ?l?v?np?rc?nt of t??ns h?v? us?d p?inkill?rs ?nd stimul?nts th?t w?r? not pr?scrib?dfor th?ir us? (Pr?scription drug ?bus?: ? s?rious probl?m, 2010, P?rtn?rshipfor ? Drug-Fr?? ?m?ric?). Young?r t??ns ?r? mor? lik?ly to us? pr?scriptionm?dic?tion th?t is t?k?n from th?ir p?r?nts. Old?r t??ns pr?f?r stimul?nts tostudy or p?rty long?r ?nd p?rform?nc?-?nh?ncing subst?nc?s. Int?r?stingly,”girls ?r? mor? lik?ly to b? curr?nt (p?st month) ?bus?rs of pr?scriptionm?dic?tions th?n boys (4.3 vs. 3.

6 p?rc?nt),” ?lthough why this is th? c?s? isunc?rt?in—wh?th?r it is du? to th? gr??t?r pr?ssur?s young wom?n findth?ms?lv?s und?r, or th? f?ct th?t boys m?y b? mor? ?pt to us? conv?ntion?lm??ns of g?tting high (Pr?scription drug ?bus?: ? s?rious probl?m, 2010,P?rtn?rship for ? Drug-Fr?? ?m?ric?). ?duc?tion ?nd ?w?r?n?ss is th? obvioussolution. But oth?r, mor? p?inful st?ps must b? t?k?n.

?s ? soci?ty, w? h?v?grown too d?p?nd?nt upon ph?rm?c?utic?ls ?s ? quick fix solution for ?ll of ourills. Y?s, drugs ?r? n?c?ss?ry som?tim?s. But s?lf-pr?scribing m?dic?tions, ord?m?nding m?dic?tions b?c?us? th?y h?v? b??n ?dv?rtis?d on t?l?vision is ?probl?m th?t must b? ?ddr?ss?d, if t??n ?bus? of pr?scription m?dic?tion is tob? curt?il?d. ?limin?ting dir?ct-to-consum?r drug ?dv?rtising, ?duc?ting t??ns?bout w?ys to r?li?v? str?ss oth?r th?n drugs, ?nd r?ducing th? pr?ssur?s ont??ns in g?n?r?l ?r? ?ll r?quir?d if w? ?r? to ‘d?toxify’ ?s ? soci?ty ?ndr?build th? bodi?s ?nd minds of our futur? l??d?rs.