Teens and adults abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons. Some of these include:

  • To feel good or get high
  • To relax or relieve tension
  • To reduce appetite or increase alertness
  • To experiment with the mental effects of the substance
  • To maintain an addiction and prevent withdrawal
  • To be accepted by peers (peer pressure) or to be social
  • To try to improve concentration and academic or work performance
Oct. 11, 2012