Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise

And a new report shows prescription drug abuse among teens is on the rise in the U.S. This is according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Multiple arrests in the area suggest it's a growing problem in Eastern Carolina. Medical professionals say they monitor their patients to see if they're using prescriptions correctly.

Methods such as pill counting and urine screenings are used by some doctors to ensure that medications are being used correctly. Pain specialist doctor Angelo Tellis says despite a few bad apples most people follow their doctor's instructions .

Another easily abused drug according to a pharmacist we talked to is cough syrup because of it's easy accessibility.

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  • by Sharon Location: eastern NC on Jan 11, 2008 at 05:13 AM
    Children learn both good and bad habits from us. If they see an adult whom they trust and respect using prescription/legal drugs to cope with everyday life all the time then to them that is okay. Our society today is to quick to deal with anything and everything by running to the doctor and getting pills....and the doctors are to blame in not trying alternate methods of healing first.

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