Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health's Substance Abuse Division says they are concerned about youth using prescription drugs to get high.
Doctor Ann Reyes says people of all ages have abused prescription drugs for a long time, but now there is a resurgence of the trend. She says that is partly due to the focus on methamphetamines, but also because prescription drugs are more accessible right now.
Some of the most common medications that youth abuse are OxyContin and Vicodin. Reyes says it is very difficult to know how many people are using these drugs illegally because they can get them legally.
Reyes says people that use prescription drugs recreationally face the possibility of a fatal overdose. She says basically they are using their bodies as chemistry labs.