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Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Guide

A parent’s guide to the legal drugs kids are using and abusing

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

Vike, Dance Fever, French Fries. These are nicknames for common prescription drugs – drugs that teens are abusing more and more, often with serious consequences. Click on a drug to find out what they do, why they're dangerous and the street names kids use to describe them.

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Painkillers - may be prescribed for pain

Oxycodone HCL
“Oxy”

Oxycodone HCL

Hydrocodone
“Vike”

Hydrocodone bitartrate with acetaminophen

Central Nervous System Depressants - may be used to treat anxiety or sleep disorders

Barbiturates
“Block Buster”

Barbiturates

Benzodiazepines
“French Fries”

Benzodiazepines

Flunitrazepam
“Roofies”

Flunitrazepam

Stimulants - may be used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and a sleep disorder called narcolepsy

Methylphenidate
“Vitamin R”

Methylphenidate

Over-The Counter (OTC) Medication

Dextromethorphan (DXM)
“Robo”

Dextromethorphan (DXM)

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The facts about prescription drug abuse.

  • In 2008, 1.9 million teens abused prescription drugs.
  • After marijuana, prescription medications are the second most abused drug by teens.
  • Prescription medications are the most commonly abused drugs among 12-13 year olds.