U.S. Teens 10 x More to Abuse Sleep Medication Says Study

 

Sleep Study and Sleep Medications in the News

“The medical community may be inadvertently creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers”, say U.S. University of Michigan researchers.

According to press reports the key findings include:

*Those prescribed anxiety or sleep medications during the study period were 10 times more likely to abuse them within two years, to get high or to experiment, than teens without prescriptions.
*White students were twice as likely as black students to use others’ medications, and females older than 15 and teens who had prescriptions for longer periods of time were more likely to abuse the medications.

The University of Michigan website reflects that “It’s the first longitudinal study to determine whether teens’ recent medical use of anxiety or sleep medications is associated with later taking somebody else’s prescription medication illegally, either for self-treatment or recreational use.”
The study, “A prospective study of adolescents’ nonmedical use of anxiolytic and sleep medication,” appears in the American Psychological Association journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.