The non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing public health problem in the US and it is becoming a global epidemic. Most people take prescription medications responsibly; however, an estimated 52 million people in the U.S. (ages 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetimes. This represents approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population.
Due to the prevalence of prescription drugs in our society, the home offers a haven for a teenagers looking to experiment with drugs. Most teenagers mistakenly believe that prescription drugs are safer than taking illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a doctor. Teens are raiding medicine cabinets to take ANYTHING that will give them a high.