Teensavers has repeatedly tried to alert parents to the growing trend of pill abuse.  Now two new surveys are reinforcing the message

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Today, a doctor interviewed by Reuters Health says, the rate at which teens are using prescription medications is an alarming trend.

New research shows two areas of concern. More kids are using pills, and kids are using earlier than previously thought.

These facts are not surprising as we’ve seen an explosion in prescription drug abuse and a rising number of deaths as a result.

Dr. Robert Fortuna, a pediatrician at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York confirms what Teensavers have been reminding parents; pills are the second most popular drug choice to marijuana.

One of the studies came from the Univiersity of Michigan researchers questioned teens about drugs and alcohol. The survey was made up of 7,400 high school seniors from 135 different schools in 2007 through 2009.

The results: 1 in 8 said they had used prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons, such as to get high or to relieve pain without a doctor’s oversight.

Teens who said they’d used the painkillers for non-medical purposes were more likely to smoke pot or cigarettes or to binge drink, compared with those who’d only taken the pills under a doctor’s supervision or not at all.

Where are they getting the pills? Some teens use what may have been prescribed to them before. Remember when your kid got his wisdom teeth pulled? Maybe that vicodin is still around. Or the pills come from other family members or friends.

Researchers found startling data that showed that these teens were not starting their pill habits in their senior year or afterwords, as previously thought. Instead, kids were using around the age of 16.

The best way to combat this use is to have frequent discussions with teens about drinking and drugs. A home drug test is also a big ally for parents.

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