“Casey” was really stressing out about the big chemistry exam. She had a ton of other homework to work on and it didn’t feel like there were enough hours in the day ― between softball practice, student government meetings, and babysitting ― to study. So when her friend, Laura, handed her the Adderall in the hallway one day, she thought she’d give it a try. Tons of other kids in school used it to focus more and stay awake… “What could it hurt?” a friend told her. Later that friend said, “If you need more, my brother can get them. Mom thinks he is taking his ADHD meds. He sells them. Just call me and ask for ‘Addy’.” Her test scores were solid those first few weeks. Prom was coming up. She was so excited, she started having trouble sleeping. Confessing to another friend, she was given some pills to calm her back down. Neither of these friends was a doctor. Her parents were divorced and barely spoke. They both missed the signs and her mood changes. She no longer has a friend named "Addy". She no longer has trouble calming down without pills. Casey’s prom date missed prom that year. Casey did not make it to prom.
Sadly this story is not that uncommon. Prescription drugs are proving to be just as dangerous as street drugs and alcohol use amongst teenagers in our state.
Last year more than 1 in 5 Indiana students surveyed reported using prescription drugs without a prescription. This is the second highest rate in the nation.*
*According to the Indiana Youth Survey 2012, Indiana Prevention Resource Center
It’s not too late to make sure that you or your friends don’t become a tragedy. Misusing prescriptions that are not written for you can have grave consequences. Many of the pills that are shared between young adults can be addicting, and/or kill you if misused or abused.
Test scores, staying awake or feeling a quick pick-me-up are not the right reasons to take other peoples medications. Other misuse of people’s prescriptions is another kind of “drug use” that you need to be warned about.
If you are a teen/young adult who sees a potential problem in a fellow peer, trust your instincts. Bring your concerns to the attention of an adult you trust. Minimizing risk start with trusting your instincts, small problems can quickly escalate and it becomes hard to change the course of a bad outcome. Get Help NOW.
If you are a parent, visit our Parent Page for more information on prevention and awareness.