In 2008, the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 million Americans had taken a prescription drug for nonmedical purposes at least once within the year. Painkillers, in particular, are highly addictive. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals who are suffering from a prescription drug dependency. However, users must be willing to face their addiction in order to seek help.
For Richard Dunlap’s son, it was too late. Tim Dunlap is just one example of the 19,000 young adults who died as a result of prescription drug abuse in 2009, according to the Delaware County News Network. Now, his father is working toward educating others on the dangers of using medications for nonmedical purposes.
“As a parent, you want to trust your kid, but it’s not always easy,” Dunlap said at a recent presentation, according to the news source. “Don’t take anything for granted. It’s so easy for kids to get the stuff and there’s a code of silence among them.”
Nearly 4.7 percent of high school seniors say they have used OxyContin for recreational purposes. These type of drugs are not only addictive, but can result in death when taken in high doses. Substance abuse programs for youth can help addicts turn their lives around.