Teen Drug Use


In today's Children's First Report, over the counter cough medicines have apparently become the drugs of choice for teenagers.

A government study shows that an increasing number of teenagers are getting high on pain killers and mood stimulants.

The problem has become so bad, that use of the painkiller Oxycontin has gone up 30 percent since 2002 among 8th, 10th and 12th graders. One out of every 10 high school seniors reports using the painkiller Vicodin in the past year.

However, it’s not all bad news. It's estimated that 840,000 fewer teenagers are using illegal drugs today.


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