Part II: Adderall, Ritalin; Quickly Becoming Drugs Children Abuse
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) “If we want to be naive and say it doesn't happen to little towns, that's not true,” says Pharmacist Kurt Hefner.
Prescription drug abuse is escalating throughout the Magic Valley…A reason why: Prescriptions are easily accessible."
Dalana Baxter, an outpatient counselor at the Walker Center adds, “they're everywhere. The adolescents I work with, they're very tech savvy. You can Google pillidentifier.com and they can identify what any pill is and what its used for."
On the other side of the equation: parents and how their actions impact a child.
Hefner adds, "we learn what we live. Parents, so if you're the type that run to the medicine cabinet every time they have a headache or stub their toes, you're going to find the children are going to follow suit."
From her work at the Walker Center, Baxter has discovered the adolescents’' drug of choice... Adderall, or the drug used to treat children with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Baxter says, "just about any kid in school knows someone who has prescription for Adderall or Ritalin."
And those warning labels on the side of the bottles, she says children specifically look for these.
Baxter adds, " half of them say, may cause dizziness, don't mix with alcohol, don't drive until you know how this medicine will affect you and those are the type of warning labels children look for when they're looking through the medicine cabinet…the side effects is what they're seeking."
If the reaction from the pill isn't enough, Baxter adds they also mix the prescription with alcohol.
"Just mixing them with alcohol makes the dangers ten–fold."
And becomes a major concern for Baxter.