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