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MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Teens who abuse prescription drugs such as narcotic painkillers are more likely to have sex or to participate in risky sexual behaviors, a new study suggests. Prescription Drug Abuse May Increase Teens’ Risk of THIS | HealthyWomen. blured, interior of drugstore for background Suicide is a leading cause of death for teens worldwide, and the odds of suicide attempts may be higher when adolescents abuse prescription drugs. Opioid abuse can lead to vomiting, mood changes, decrease in ability to think (cognitive function), and even decreased respiratory function, coma, or death.
This risk is higher when prescription drugs like opioids are taken with other substances like alcohol, antihistamines, and CNS depressants. CNS depressant abuse is risky too. Injection drug use places youth at direct risk for HIV, and drug use broadly places youth at risk of overdose. 2; Youth opioid use is directly linked to sexual risk behaviors.
2; Students who report ever using prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription are more likely than other students to have been the victim of physical or sexual dating violence. 4. Young people are abusing prescription drugs at alarming rates. These drugs act on the same brain systems as illegal drugs and pose similar risks for dangerous health consequences, including later addiction.
As with any type of mind-altering drug, prescription drug misuse and abuse can affect judgment and inhibition, putting adolescents at heightened risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, misusing other kinds of drugs, and engaging in additional risky behaviors. Risk factors can influence drug abuse in several ways. The more risks a child is exposed to, the more likely the child will abuse drugs.
Some risk factors may be more powerful than others at certain stages in development, such as peer pressure during the teenage years; just as some protective factors, such as a strong parent-child bond, can have a greater impact on reducing risks during the. Teenagers who have a tendency to seek thrills and adrenaline rushes may be at higher risk of abusing drugs due to the “high” feeling that is achieved from early substance use. While everyone enjoys a rush of feel-good chemicals from appropriate sources, some teens get a feeling from drugs that causes them to continue their use despite negative consequences. Someone misusing prescription drugs may overload their system or put themselves at risk for dangerous drug interactions that can cause seizures, coma, or even death. Opioid abuse can lead to vomiting, mood changes, decrease in ability to think (cognitive function), and even decreased respiratory function, coma, or death.
This risk is higher when prescription drugs like opioids are taken with other substances like alcohol, antihistamines, and CNS depressants. CNS depressant abuse is risky too.
List of related literature:
|from Encyclopedia of Adolescence|
|from Drugs and Society|
|from Essential Concepts for Healthy Living|
|from Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism|
|from Handbook of Resilience in Children|
|from Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry|
|from Priorities in Critical Care Nursing E-Book|
|from Successful Coaching|
|from Medical Nihilism|
|from Forbidden Drugs|