In light of a new study released this month by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, addiction treatment professionals like Lex Kogan, Ibogaine specialist, are urging addicts to seek expert help and consider alternative treatments. The study highlighted a steady increase in prescription drug abuse by teenagers since 2008, and found that the lax attitude about parents regarding prescription drugs abuse may be contributing to this trend.
The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, which was conducted by Drugfree.org and sponsored by the MetLife Foundation, found that one in four teens, or 24 percent—about 5 million teens—reported misusing or abusing a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, a 33 percent increase since 2008. Of the teens who admitted to abusing Rx medications, one in five, or 20 percent, said they had done so before they turned 14.
According to the study, the abuse of drugs Ritalin and Adderall, stimulants commonly prescribed to treat those diagnosed with ADHD is rising. One in eight teens, or about 2.7 million teens, reported using or abusing these stimulants at least once in their lifetime. Additionally, 9 percent of teens, or 1.9 million, reported misusing or abusing Ritalin and Adderall within the last year, up from 6 percent in 2008. Six percent of teens, or 1.3 million, reported to misusing or abusing the stimulants within the last month, up from 4 percent in 2008.
The study also found alarming attitudes towards prescription drug use from both parents and their children. According to the study, one in four teens believes that prescription drugs could be used as a study aid. Similarly, almost one-third of parents said they believe using ADHD medication could improve their child’s performance academically, even if they do not have ADHD. The study also found that both parents and teens feel that abusing prescription drugs is less dangerous than abusing street drugs: more than a quarter of teens (27 percent) said they believe abusing prescription drugs is safer than using street drugs, and one in six parents (16 percent) believe that using prescription drugs to get high was safer than using street drugs. Additionally, one-third of teens said they believe it is “okay to use prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them for injury, illness or physical pain.”
The study also highlighted parent’s leniency when it comes to abusing prescription drugs—one in five parents (20 percent) said they had given their teen a prescription drug that was not prescribed to them, and almost one in four teens (23 percent) said that their parents don’t care as much if they are caught using prescription drugs that haven’t been prescribed to them, as opposed to using illegal drugs. Additionally, 56 percent of teens said it was easy to get prescription drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinet. The parents mirrored these statements—49 percent of parents said that anyone could access their medicine cabinet. More than four in ten teens, or 49 percent, who misused or abused prescription drugs obtained them from their parent’s medicine cabinet, and seventeen percent of parents said that they do not throw away expired medications. Alarmingly, 14 percent of parents said they themselves have misused or abused prescription drugs within the last year.
Teens also reported that they were less likely to have conversations regarding substance abuse of prescription drugs than they were regarding other drugs—only 16 percent said they had discussed the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs with their parents, compared to 81 percent who have discussed the risks of marijuana, and 80 percent who have discussed the abuse of alcohol.
The lax attitudes surrounding the abuse of prescription drugs highlights a misunderstanding of the danger of prescription drugs, says Lex Kogan, Ibogaine specialist. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 15 million people in the United States abuse prescription drugs. In 2008 there were 14,800 prescription painkiller overdose deaths, more than heroin and cocaine combined. According to recently-released statistics from the CDC, these numbers are only increasing. Overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers rose 3 percent in 2010, the most recent year for which complete data is available. In that year, overdose deaths involving prescription deaths rose to 16,651, accounting for 43 percent of all fatal overdoses.
The findings of the study were released two weeks after several U.S. Representatives introduced a bipartisan bill aimed to curb prescription drug use by tightening restrictions on the more addictive drugs on the market.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Representative Rodney David (R-Ill.), Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) ad Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Safe Prescribing Act of 2013, which would reclassify hydrocodone painkillers, such as Vicodin and Lortab, from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance to better reflect their potential for addiction. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering a proposal which would limit the daily doses of painkillers and restrict their use for 90 days or less for non-cancer patients.
Lex Kogan: Ibogaine Therapy Poses New Solutions
According to Lex Kogan, Ibogaine specialist who developed the groundbreaking form of drug treatment known as Ibogaine therapy, there are alternative solutions available to those battling prescription drug use. Ibogaine is a type of compound derived from the West African shrub, Tabernanthe iboga. The compound works to interrupt the substance addiction by bringing the addict to a physically and psychologically pre-addicted state, allowing them to experience a symptom-free withdrawal.
While the U.S. has been cautious regarding the acceptance of Ibogaine therapy, Kogan says that in the light of rising abuse rates, it might be time to consider the alternative option. According to Lex Kogan, Ibogaine therapy has been used successfully to help addicts detox from amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, Adderall, Ritalin, and other drugs.
Lex Kogan, Ibogaine therapist, helped develop a revolutionary alternative to drug addiction treatment known as Ibogaine Therapy. Derived from the powerful Tabernanthe Iboga plant in West Africa, Ibogaine is an affordable treatment that allows addicts to detox without any withdrawal symptoms. The compound has been used to treat the addiction of many drugs, including Adderall and Ritalin.