Rural teens more likely to abuse prescription drugs

A new study has found that teenagers living in rural areas are 26 percent more likely to use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes than teens in urban areas, according to this release from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. Though the study by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found there was little difference in illicit drug use between the two groups, those in rural areas were found to abuse prescription drugs Рspecifically painkillers and tranquilizers Рmore often than urban teens. In the study, the authors say one possible reason for the difference is that it may be harder for rural teens to get a hold of harder drugs such as heroin. Using data from nearly 8,000 12- to 17-year-olds participating in the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the study also found that about one in eight U.S. adolescents reported lifetime non-medical use of prescription opioids.

Find out more about prescription drug use among U.S. teens here.

Read about prescription drug use among Canadian students here.

About Dana Owens

Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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