Teen prescription drug abuse is when a young person takes a prescription drug that
was prescribed for someone else. They do this to get high or for any other reason
than the medication’s intended purpose.
Here’s the Reality:
Everyday in the United States, an average of 2,000 teens use prescription drugs without
a doctor’s guidance for the first time.
1 in 5 Idaho teens report that they have taken a prescription medication that was
not prescribed for them by a doctor, for the purpose of getting high or for any other
In 2012 Idaho lost more than 16 individuals a month due to drug induced deaths caused
by illicit, prescription and over-the-counter drug use.
49% of teens who have abused prescription painkillers also report use of two or more
other drugs, most commonly alcohol (81%) and marijuana (58%)
More teens abuse prescription drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana.