Supermarket pharmaceuticals new drug of choice for teens

The number of teenagers abusing pharmaceuticals has almost doubled in recent years as young people’s use of alcohol and illicit drugs declines, new research has revealed. Illicit drug use amongst teenagers more than halved from 2010 to 2013, to 7.6 per cent. At the same time, the number of 14 to 19-year-olds who used medicine for non-medical purposes almost doubled in 2013, to 4.4 per cent. Associate Professor of Australia’s National Drug Research Institute Nicole Lee analysed the data using information from the National Drug Household Survey, as well as a range of other sources such as ambulance and overdose…
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