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Full Report and Key Findings: The 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, Sponsored by MetLife Foundation

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This year’s national study data on American teens confirms that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a dramatic 33 percent increase over the past five years. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found troubling data on teen misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants. One in eight teens (13 percent) now reports that they have taken the stimulant Ritalin or Adderall when it was not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime.

Contributing to this disturbing trend in teen medicine misuse and abuse are the lax attitudes of parents and caregivers. They are missing key opportunities to effectively communicate the dangers of Rx medicine misuse and abuse to their kids, while not safeguarding and disposing of their medications properly at home.

To read the full press release, click here.

Download PDF:  PATS 2012 – KEY FINDINGS

Download PDF: PATS 2012- FULL REPORT

1 Response to this article

  1. Avatar of john moyers
    john moyers / March 22, 2014 at 5:19 am

    I am a DVM, PHD, now turned Paramedic/CCRN and am at WAR with the HELL abuse of Rx drugs is on children in Ky, (and all ages), with heroin now “flooding” my work as paramedic, ER RN nd CCEMT-P.

    My concern is that I have received a “credible” death threat from a RELATIVE involved in this mess. And I only treat the victims.

    30% of the sick I see (90+ a week) are Rx or heroin drug abuse related (OD or accident, attacks). ENOUGH.

    Though my wife was killed weeks after our wedding in 2006, we planned children and I care about all people, especially our youth.

    Anything I can do to fight this mess, please let me know.

    sincerely
    john moyers

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