Controlled Substance Prescriptions for Teens Increase Nearly Doubles Since ‘94

One in nine adolescents received a prescription for medications with a high potential for abuse in 2007, a rate almost twice the 1994 levels, according to a study published in the December 2010 issue of Pediatrics. The researchers did not examine the relationship between rates of misuse and the prescriptions. However, the authors cautioned that the increase in prescriptions issued to teens for drugs such as pain killers and stimulants warrants vigilance. The lead author of the study notes the importance of advising teen patients about the risks of controlled substance medications.