Nevada is seeing an unprecedented rise in the use and abuse of prescription drugs by our youth. A recent community profile completed by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA) reports approximately 9% of prescription overdoses resulting in death were of youth ages 15-24. Additionally, Nevadan’s ages 12-17 rank in the top twenty percent of youth nationwide reporting non-medical use of prescription drugs. Approximately 15% of our high school seniors have reported prescription drug use in the past year.
Youth and Substance Abuse
Youth are more susceptible to addiction due to a number of factors. Brain development leads adolescents to have an increased level of risk and sensation seeking, lower perception of risk, and a limited ability for reasoning, impulse control and self-regulation. Additionally, research suggests that youth are less likely to experience the negative consequences associated with substance use. Early initiation in substance use can increase the likelihood of abuse and dependence, which frequently continues into adulthood. A key indicator of youth substance abuse is parental involvement in their child’s life. Evidence proves parental involvement in daily activities and parental disapproval of substance use are associated with youth who are less likely to use substances. (See video below.) [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”am2SM13D-20″ width=”640″ height=”480″ auto_thumb=”1″]
Who Can Help?
Las Vegas Recovery Center is addressing this alarming issue by offering adolescent specific treatment for teens ranging from 12-17 years of age. Our treatment program is a non-residential out-patient setting addressing adolescent specific issue’s surrounding their problematic substance use. This setting allows for your child to continue his or her academic responsibilities by operating after usual school hours. We are in a period of time that certain substances are very easy for our youth to obtain and the perceived dangers of those substances is very low. As a concerned parent, you may find you are asking yourself: How do I know if my child needs treatment? Is this just a phase? How can I help? Am I over reacting? You do not have to navigate this confusing time alone. Turn to professionals to assist in determining your child’s needs.