Local use among youth
The amount of youth who misuse prescription drugs has dropped significantly. As a result of strong local prevention efforts, the percentage of 11th graders who misused a prescription drug dropped from 10% down to 3% from 2013 to 2019 (Minnesota Student Survey). We are hopeful this rate will remain low by continuing our efforts and conversations with students and families.
Opioids and pain relievers are especially harmful to both youth and adults because of their addictive potential.
Why youth prescription drug abuse is harmful
Using a prescription drug other than its intended purpose or by a person it is not prescribed for is harmful. Many of the misused prescription drugs (often referred to as opioids or pain relievers) are especially harmful because of their addictive potential. A strong tolerance and craving for more can form quickly within a week of use. Misusing a prescription drug affects a young person’s ability to balance demands and control impulses (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration).