Study: Pills Easier for Teens to Get than BeerAugust 14th, 2008 by josh farley
For the first time, more American teenagers said in a survey that it was easier for them to get prescription drugs than beer, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
“For the first time in the CASA survey’s history, more teens said prescription drugs were easier to buy than beer (19 vs. 15 percent),” said a press release from the organization. “The proportion of teens who say prescription drugs are easiest to buy jumped 46 percent since 2007 (13 vs. 19 percent). Almost half (46 percent) of teens say painkillers are the most commonly abused prescription drug among teens.
As we covered in our Sunday story, “A Bitter Pill,” the medicine cabinet has become the new liquor cabinet. Joseph Califano, chairman and president of the center who was interviewed for a story in the Washington Post, said parents have become “passive pushers,” because they’re not doing enough to deter their own offspring’s access to drugs in their own homes.