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Opioids Addiction – A risky teen habit

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Many teenagers especially in the U.S. are totally into the use of prescription medicines, opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and codeine with no doctor’s instructions. This risqué behaviour is catching significant momentum with nearly twelve percent of high school going senior students going full throttle in their consumption just for the purpose of alleviating stress and getting a high rather than for the actual purpose of pain relief that these medications are actually meant for.

The abuse of these narcotics is widely used by teenagers just to get a sense of well-being. Opiates are innate derivatives of the opium poppy. Opiates comprise the set of drugs called as opioids or narcotics that are largely prescribed by doctors to mitigate pain in chronic ailments like cancer, kidney stones, bone fractures, eye grazes and other severe medical conditions in dosages just enough to decrease the consciousness of the pain.

Most teens cited varied reasons for consuming opioids. Some used it to unwind, ease anxiety and calm down, while other were having it for the feel good factor or getting a high or kick out of it. A significant number of teenagers were simply experimenting or having a good time with pals, while a few students gave reasons of relieving pain.

Also such students who consumed the drugs on illegitimate grounds other than pain reduction were more prone to indulging in other drugs and taking to high alcohol consumption.

This alarming rise in non-medical intake of opioids in teens and adolescents is currently the highest ever seen in the past fifteen years and poses a major source of concern.

This behavior calls for a detailed monitoring as to the motives behind callous indulgences in such prescription drugs without a need of doctor’s advice as those teenagers using it for pain relief might need to be treated in a different manner than those using the drugs for enjoyable and unwinding purposes.

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