When teens are routinely prescribed prescription drugs throughout their young years —
When Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Meridia may be prescribed for children as young as 6 or 7 and stay prescribed through adulthood —
When prescription drug ads run every hour of every day on every channel —
Then we should not be surprised that teens are abusing prescription drugs in ever-increasing numbers.
Summary of the affects of different prescription drugs on the market.
There are over 24,000 prescription medications on the market right now in the world. There are millions of people who are legitimately taking their prescriptions and many more who are abusing prescription medications on a daily basis. Every drug affects a person in different ways
and what may be a stimulant for one person may have the opposite affect for another.
Breakdown on Most Common Prescription Drugs on the Market
Adderall – A central nervous system stimulant that affects the chemicals in a persons brain and nerves that can contribute to hyperactivity and impuls control. It is most commonly used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Long-term use of this Adderall can slow a child’s growth. This is a major drug of abuse and may be habit forming. Using Adderall improperly can cause death, or serious side effects on the heart.