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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Prescription Drugs and Risky Sexual Behavior

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The excessive use of drugs and alcohol is often associated with poor decision making, using anything that has the power to cause insidious harm is risky - to say the least. What’s more, when people are under the influence of mind altering substances, they are more likely to engage in risky behavior across the board, such as driving while intoxicated, fighting, and promiscuous sexual behavior. Any of the three aforementioned behaviors can result in serious consequences, including: arrest, injury, disease transmission, and death. 

Unfortunately, many teenagers experiment with and/or abuse drugs and alcohol, and in the process make risky decisions which can impact the course of their life. It is no secret that the nation is currently in the grips of a prescription drug epidemic, and a number of teenagers have used and are using the highly addictive medications. New research, conducted by the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), shows that teenagers who use prescription narcotics are more likely to practice risky sexual behaviors, HealthDay reports. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.

 Teens who use prescription drugs recreationally are more likely to:
  • Be Sexually Active
  • Not Use Protection
  • Have More Partners
  • Use Drugs or Alcohol Before Sex
“About one out of every five high school students reported non-medical use of prescription drugs,” said study author Heather Clayton. “This behavior is very concerning, as overdoses and deaths related to non-medical use of prescription drugs is on the rise.” She added, “Non-medical use of prescription drugs and sexual risk behaviors are likely to be part of a constellation of risk-taking behaviors.” The prescription drugs most commonly used by teenagers include:
  • Painkillers (OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet or codeine)
  • Sedatives (Xanax or Ativan)
  • Stimulants (Ritalin or Adderall)
Abusing those types of drugs during one’s teenage years can result in addiction right into adulthood. If you or someone you care about abuses prescription drugs please contact Celebrate Hope at Hope by The Sea. Our Christian track incorporates compassionate, faith-based addiction programs for clients battling substance abuse.

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