Teens new high in parents' medicine cabinet
Teens aren’t getting a popular high from shady dealers on street corners: they’re finding it in their medicine cabinet.
Adolescent abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem nationwide. Locally, counselors at the NIU Family Services Center have seen a rising number of cases, said Ellen Spiese, a Northern Illinois University graduate student who works at the center.
“Teens and adolescents are seeing prescription drug use as a safer alternative to using hard drugs,” Spiese said. “That’s not true. It’s just as dangerous as any illicit drug, especially if it’s mixed with alcohol, which it usually is at parties.”
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