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Medications intended to ease pain can sometimes cause more when an overdose occurs. People in certain US states may be at a greater risk for overdoses based on the prescription practices in those states.
In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have put safeguards on medications to make it harder to abuse certain prescription painkillers. But those changes may be leading some to use illegal drugs.
Widespread public education and law enforcement efforts warn of the dangers associated with driving under the influence of alcohol. But new research suggests there's another growing problem to be aware of while on the road.
The teenage years are a common time for experimentation, which can include experimenting with alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
Parents worry about their kids going off to college and drinking and driving. While this is a real concern, there may be another substance they should be worrying about.