Our Cause - Prescription Drugs & Opioids

Shaping a Healthier Future for Youth

Prescription drug abuse is a growing concern in the United States and throughout Texas.

The ease with which our youth are able to access prescription drugs is alarming. Texans for Safe and Drug-Free Youth recognizes the valuable role coalitions play in addressing this issue and works with local coalitions and law enforcement to strengthen their prescription drug abuse prevention efforts.

 

Effects of Prescription Drugs on Youth

More Americans abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. What’s even more alarming is just how easy it is for our youth to get access to prescription drugs. Friends and family members with prescriptions or leftover drugs may be unknowingly allowing children to use and abuse these dangerous substances. And the impact is evident.

  • 1 in 5 Texas high school students admits to taking a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription
  • 22% of Texas college students admit to taking prescription drugs to get high at least once
  • More than half of people who abuse prescription drugs got them from a friend or relative
  • Drug overdose death rates in the US have more than tripled since 1990 and are increasingly due to prescription drugs