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The five most popular prescription drugs that are being abused

  1. OxyContin is the most common prescription drug abused by teens. It is a narcotic pain reliever that has twice the potency of morphine and very similar effects to heroin. Because the euphoric high is so intense and the cost so high teens often turn to inexpensive street drugs when they run out.
  2. Vicodin is a central nervous system depressant that teens are able to get their hands on more easily than alcohol. Many teenagers don't understand the potentially deadly risks of pairing Vicodin with alcohol and other medications.
  3. Adderall is prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is often taken by non-ADHD teens to improve concentration or as a weight loss drug. Adderall can create effects of anxiety, sleeplessness, mania, paranoia and even full-blown psychosis and has even been linked to heart failure and sudden death.   
  4. Xanax is primarily prescribed to treat anxiety disorders. While it can be effective and provide relief when taken as prescribed, it is highly addictive and carries a risk of overdose. Similar to Vicodin, combining this depressant with alcohol or other medications is particularly dangerous and can lead to death.
  5. Valium is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks or as a muscle relaxant and sedative. Valium provides teens with a soothing, calming experience. Sudden withdrawal from Valium is dangerous because the brain wakes up too suddenly which can lead to seizures.

 

Most common street drugs

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An "A to Z " Drug Slang Dictionary

Drug slang is constantly changing and evolving. Some terms are used by everyone while others are used only by a group of friends. It is important for parents to stay up to date on the latest drug related slang terms. View the Drug Slang Dictionary and No Slang for more information.