(Undated) - Tri-state teenagers are trying prescription pills before they experiment with drinking or other drugs, according to a survey.
The Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati has released the results of a survey of more than 57,000 middle and high school students from seven area counties including Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky and Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren and Brown counties in Ohio, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Six-and-a-half percent of the students reported using a prescription pill illegally in the past 30 days. On average, students reported using prescriptions not intended for them at just under 13-years-old.
Over 26 percent of students said prescription drugs were either “easy” or “very easy” to get a hold of.
When asked if their parents would disapprove of their abuse of pills, 86.9 percent of students said they would. Just over 81 percent of students said they themselves perceived such drug abuse as “harmful” or “very harmful.”
Thirty-five percent of teens who reported prior use of prescription pills said they obtained the pills from a friend, while 30 percent got their hands on them from their parents.