Teen prescription drug abuse rises in St. Joseph County

It's called a silent epidemic.

Teens abusing prescription drugs and research from the St. Joseph County Drug Free Council shows that one in ten teens have abused prescription drugs in the past year. That statistic now exceeds marijuana use.

Many teens assume that since prescription drugs aren't illegal they can’t be harmful.

“A lot of it is that prescription drugs are very inexpensive, very accessible, you can get them from home. The perception is that they are not dangerous because they are prescribed by doctors,” explains Beth Baker from the St. Joseph County drug free council.

The top three types of abused drugs include pain killers, depressants and stimulants.

On Thursday March 11th there will be a workshop on teens and prescription drug abuse.

It is at Ivy Tech in South Bend and starts at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served. The seminar is free.

For more information call Nikki Hutchinson at (574) 289-7001.

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