One out of five high school students in the United States of America has taken a prescription of medication that had not been prescribed for them but someone else.
This new survey by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clearly has demonstrated the ongoing case of American youth and the risky behaviors they tend to show.
The survey covered a diversity of risky behavioral patterns that is prevalent amongst the youth of American populace.
Survey author, Danice K. Eaton, a Research Scientist at the CDC, informed that the whole team of researchers has become worried seeing the results of the survey, since 20% of high school students are reporting about the risky behavior.
The whole thing can become really serious because if you have not been prescribed any particular drug, it can become fatal for you.
Studies have illustrated that taking non-prescribed prescription drugs can lead to over dosage, addiction and casualty, Eaton explained. Taking a prescription drug that has not been prescribed to you is part of health risk behavior.
In the study, 16,460 high school students were questioned if they had ever taken prescription drugs for example OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin or Xanax without taking docs' advice.
The abuse of prescription drugs was highest amongst whites at 23%, followed by Hispanics at 17%, and black students at 12%.