Teenage Klonopin Use

Teenage Klonopin Use

In 2006, after the suicide of an Arlington teenager, the Boston Globe reported on the unauthorized use of prescription medications by teenagers. The Arlington teenager had taken Klonopin before committing suicide. Klonopin is a medication prescribed for conditions such as anxiety, seizures, and panic disorders, but teenagers have begun abusing it because of its availability and for its effects, which provide the sensation of being drunk.

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

Prescription drug abuse statistics are increasing at every age level, but the usage trends for teens seem to be increasing more significantly. According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 52 million Americans aged 12 or older reported non-medical use of any psychotherapeutic medication at some point in their lives. This number reflects over 20% of that entire age group, and it does not appear that this increase is leveling out or decreasing. Approximately 6.2 million Americans aged 12 or older reported current use (use in the past month) of psychotherapeutic drugs for non-medical purposes, representing 2.5% of the population.

In addition to this, data from the National Drug Intelligence Center’s National Drug Threat Survey (NDTS) reveals that 78.8% of state and local law enforcement agencies reported either high or moderate availability of illegally diverted pharmaceuticals.

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teenagers

In 2007, a research study was conducted at Columbia University on behalf of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). The findings from that study include the following:

  • The risk that teens will smoke, drink, get drunk and use illegal drugs increases sharply if they are highly stressed, frequently bored, or have substantial amounts of spending money
  • Highly stressed teens are twice as likely as less stressed teens to smoke, drink, get drunk, and use illegal drugs
  • Bored teens are 50% likelier than involved teens to smoke, drink, get drunk, and use illegal drugs
  • Teens with $25 or more a week in spending money are nearly twice as likely as teens with less money to smoke, drink, get drunk, and use illegal drugs
  • 52% of the nation’s 12-to-17 year olds are at greater risk of substance abuse because of high stress, frequent boredom, and too much spending money

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