Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
After marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol, prescription medications are the substances most commonly abused by teens. About 15% of high school seniors admit to abusing prescription medication during the previous year. Tranquilizers and sedatives (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium), ADHD medication (Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta), and opioid pain killers (Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan) are the prescription medications abused most frequently by teens. It's a common misperception that abusing prescription drugs is safer than taking street drugs. That's not true. Abusing prescription medication can be very dangerous and even deadly.
Tranquilizers and sedatives may go by the street names barbs, reds, red birds, yellows, yellow jackets, candy, sleeping pills, tranks, zombie pills, downers, phennies, tooies, forget-me pill, and Mexican Valium. Common street names for ADHD medications include the smart drug, vitamin R, R ball, skippy, uppers, bennies, hearts, and uppers. Street names for opioid pain killers include oxy, percs, happy pills, oxycotton, vike, juice, smack, and demmies.