A study released by CasaColumbia indicates that US youth perceive prescription drugs as easier to obtain (without a prescription) than beer.
As reported by the Washington Post. Nineteen percent of teenagers found it easier to purchase prescription drugs than cigarettes, beer or marijuana, compared with 13 percent a year ago. A quarter of the teens said it is easiest to buy marijuana, with 43 percent of 17-year-olds saying they could buy the drug in less than an hour.
What has long been less than clear is the extent that the Internet plays in prescription drug abuse among youth. Clearly, it is part of the problem, but studies like the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that “family and friends” are the main source of the problem — hence the campaign to encourage people to empty their medicine chests of unused prescription drugs. All the same, CASA Columbia’s study reinforces the need for parents to watch their kids’ Internet use.