Prescription drug abuse has been on the rise now it affects American children
University of Michigan Ann Arbor reveals one in five teens that receive prescription painkillers and other controlled substance medications from practitioners are overdosing on the substances.
As sad as it is to report children are simply taking too much of medications placing themselves at risk for dangerous side effects. What is more alarming is that ten percent of the children use these medications to get high.
Dr. Sean Esteban McCabe, PhD, M.A., M.S. W. Research Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, internationally recognized scholar, and who participated in this study, stated there has been a rise in the prescribing of controlled substances and an increase of non-medical use of the substances.
Just last July a government report had revealed that there was an increase in the over abuse of pain killers. A 400% surge of the numbers of persons who were entering treatment for misusing painkillers. At that time the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) had that over six million Americans had been admitted for medication abuse.
Using a web-based survey Dr. McCabe and associates tested teenager’s use of four groups of medications which were received from their practitioners. These medications included opioid painkillers such as OxyContin, sleeping pills such as Ambien, anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax and stimulants like Ritalin.
In the Detroit area middle and high school students overall, 18% of almost 2,600 students had reported they had used one such drug to treat a medical condition within the last year.
Once again, painkillers were the most common drugs and next in line were stimulants than sleeping pills. Overusing sleeping pills was especially common, 42% of those who used them took above the amount recommended and 17% just took them to obtain a high.
Those teenagers who did not the follow practitioners orders had a greater chance of smoking, binge drinking and using illegal drugs in comparison to those who followed medical orders. It was also discovered teenagers sell or give away medications mostly. For an example a third had mentioned they had given away or loan out the medications at some point.
Dr. McCabe in closing remarks that children are most likely to obtain medications which are not prescribed to them from their peers. A good portion of the children obtain the controlled substances for free.
Dr. McCabe further notes that parents do play an important part. It is important to monitor children and also to prescribe the correct dosage of medications. For children who do misuse these medications it gives them a higher risk for substance abuse. He is not saying that they should not have these medications but do need to be more closely monitored.
This study appears in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, August 1, 2011.
This could be one reason why more parents are using alternative therapies for their children. There are several therapies to manage pain in children. Two of the more noted ones are:
Chiropractic care is noted among parents and many add it to the list of routine medical care.
Aches and pains are suffered by children especially since they are growing, hence the name growing pains. These pains are actually real and can be mild to extremely painful. Most of the time it affects the child’s legs but can affect other areas of the body as well. Also, numerous children endure back and neck pain, headaches, joint problems and more.
Pain in a child can lead to decrease movement, less activity, physical strength and even nerve stimulation. Children need to be flexible during their growing years and be able to play in regular children activities without out any pain or discomfort.
Chiropractor care treats pain in the muscles and joints. However, they also treat an array of conditions for children including back pain, headaches, colic, asthma and more.
There are verified research reports that establish acupuncture can effectively treat children in pain. One study had revealed that acupuncture had effectively treated 2/3 of the children who participated in the study. Another study had reported acupunctures effectiveness among children. In the report among the areas of effective treatment had included limb and back pain, headaches, chest and abdominal pain.
Acupressure can also be used with children.
Practitioners in or around Detroit:
A & L Chiropractic Center
24281 Middle belt Road
Farming ton Hills
Associated Chiropractic Clinics
2151 East Jefferson Lower Level
Detroit Community Acupuncture
4100 Woodward Avenue
George Evans (acupuncture)
2950 East Jefferson Avenue