Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Teens More Easily Hooked than Adults

A recent study has found that teens are more likely to get hooked on Oxycontin than adults. Although the use of illegal drugs by teens have declined, the abuse of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin has been on a rise.

According to researchers, the brain undergoes dramatic changes in adolescence and there is evidence that abusing opioids during this key developmental period may cause permanent brain alterations that increase the likelihood that a teen will be more vulnerable to addiction compared with those who first abuse this drugs as adults.

This is a very scary thought for us parents especially those who are working and who are usually not at home. With this very serious problem, we should always have an open communication with our children and be really good role models.


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