The Mind Behind It
Motivation + access > perceived risk

What motivates teens to engage in prescription drug abuse? Ultimately, their desire for getting high outweighs their perception of the risks.

  • 12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined
  • 70 percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they get them from family members and friends.
  • Prescription medicines are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12 to 13-year-olds

1 in 6 children have abused prescription medicines

Every day, 2,000 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. They're accessing these drugs in the comfort of home; it can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer, or medicine cabinet. The good news - there are steps you can take to help protect your kids from prescription drug abuse: monitor, secure and dispose. This site, created by Abbott and The Partnership at, shows you how.