Teens at High Risk for Abusing Sleep Meds: Study

Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medication may be up to 12 times more likely to later abuse those drugs illegally — often by obtaining additional pills from friends or family members — than those who have never received prescriptions, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. “This is a wake-up call to the medical community as far as the risks involved in prescribing these medications to young people,” lead researcher Carol J. Boyd stated. The study, “A prospective study of adolescents' nonmedical use of anxiolytic and sleep medication," appears in the American Psychological Association journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. See Related from NCPIE:Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer (A community outreach workshop).