Abuse of sleep, anti-anxiety drugs a growing issue among teenagers, study shows

November 24, 2014 5:00 PM

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Abuse of sleep, anti-anxiety drugs a growing issue among teenagers, study shows

Statistics on teenagers abusing stimulant drugs to get ahead in school abound, but a new study suggests another rising problem among this age group: the abuse of sleep and anti-anxiety medications.

According to the study, published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, teens prescribed sleep and anti-anxiety drugs may be up to 12 times more likely to abuse them compared to teens who have never received these prescriptions.

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