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Your Health: 4-23-13 Prescription drugs and teens

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New research reveals prescription drug abuse is up among teenagers.

A new survey shows 24 percent of high school students, that's more than five million children, have abused medications.

That's a 33 percent increase from 2008.

In the new survey 20 percent of teens who admit they have abused prescription drugs said their first experience doing so was before the age of 14.

Twenty-seven percent said they mistakenly believed that prescription drug abuse is safer than "street drugs".

The findings stem from a nationally representative poll launched in 2012 by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, in conjunction with the MetLife Foundation.

The survey involved nearly 3,900 teens currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 at public, private and parochial schools.

More than 800 parents participated in at-home interviews.

Sixteen percent of parents also said they think prescription drugs are less dangerous than street drugs.

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