The typical teenage drug user has changed over recent decades; no longer do they fit any simple profile. Many teenagers who abuse drugs are pilfering them from their medicine cabinet at home. The drugs are often originally prescribed as a remedy for a chronic pain condition, brought on by an injury or a disease like cancer. The drugs are left forgotten after the pain subsides, and curious teens may scoop them up for recreational use.
College athletes who use performance-enhancing substances may be at a heightened risk of alcohol and drug abuse as well, according to new research published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.