Prescription pill problem. (Short Stuff).
"The buzz takes your breath away." That's one theme for an ad campaign the Department of Health and Human Services recently launched to warn teens about the deadliness of a seriously troubling new trend. The issue is prescription drug misuse, and it is hitting teens hard. A 2001 government survey found that close to 3 million kids between 12 and 17 had used prescription drugs, such as Darvon, Demerol, OxyContin, Percodan and Vicodin, for "fun." And girls are more likely to indulge in this foolish "fun" than guys. But it's a highly dangerous thrill. ER visits related to the abuse of painkillers more than doubled from 1994 to 2001. Charles Curie of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says, "Abuse of prescription drugs can lead to addiction, misdiagnosis of a serious illness, life-threatening circumstances and even death." Now, you know the ills of popping pills.