[ExI] Neuroenhancer "misuse" in the upcoming generation

Robert Masters rob4332000 at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 14 01:26:00 UTC 2009


From Medical News Today:

... Although the use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs among youth has declined from 2002 through 2008, over this time many teens have turned to misusing [sic] prescription drugs, according to SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  [Correction: for "misusing," read: "using without the permission of the authorities."--RM] In fact, prescription drugs are misused [sic] more by this age group than any illicit drug, except marijuana.

... Unlike other forms of adolescent drug use, the desire to feel good or get high ranks much lower as a motivation for prescription drug misuse [sic].  Experts note that adolescents are turning to prescription drugs not just for recreational use they are turning to prescription drugs to help manage their daily lives. The reasons include to lower stress and anxiety, boost their mood, stay up all night studying for an exam, or to enhance academic or athletic performance....

The statistics regarding teen drug use are startling. Consider these facts:

-- More than 1 in 10 teens (or 2.8 million) have abused [sic] prescription drugs in their lifetimes according to SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

-- 1 in 3 teens report knowing someone who abuses [sic] prescription drugs according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America's 2007 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study.

-- 1 in 3 teens surveyed says there is "nothing wrong" when using prescription drugs "every once and a while."...

Rob Masters


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