8/12/09 Graph

“We interviewed 594 adolescents throughout the United States. One in five reported sharing prescription medication. Of these, less than half received instructions, many delayed professional care, few informed providers, and a third reported experiencing side effects. Efforts to reduce medication sharing prevalence and risks among adolescents may be justified.”

In this study the researchers interviewed almost 600 adolescents throughout the US and found 1 in 5 reported sharing prescription medication.

This should be addressed:

Why is there so much sharing going on?
Easy access?
Feels safer than illicit drugs?
Money/lack of health insurance?
Are they borrowing drugs to get high or to manage conditions that could be better managed through conservative care, or at least a proper prescription that is being monitored?