Not many parents are talking to their kids about the dangers of prescription drug abuse as the numbers of abusers rises.
A new report from DrugFree.org says less than 14% of teens surveyed say their parents have talked to them about prescription drug abuse. The most common drugs abused are drugs that are used to treat A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. Kids are using drugs like adderall and ritalin to help study for tests and stay focused.
But, that can lead to dependance says Stacie Allphin with Memorial Hermann, "they use the stimulants to study, then they start needing depressants to come back down to be able to sleep."
Allphin says prescription drugs are easier for kids to get a hold of as well, all they have to do is look in the family medicine cabinet or more commonly their grandparent's medicine cabinet.
Prescription drugs don't yet have the stigma attached to them like heroin or cocaine, so kids think they are safe and don't know they can be very dangerous.