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[NEW STUDY] Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse More Common in Boys

A recent study published by researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that boys are more likely than girls to abuse over-the-counter drugs. Researchers surveyed middle school and high school students in 133 Cincinnati schools, finding that about 10 percent of teens abused over-the-counter decongestants and cough syrups.

Additional findings include boys being more at risk for long-term abuse, while those belonging to school clubs, sports, church groups and community organizations were less likely to abuse over-the-counter drugs.

Additional details can be found at HealthDay and in the study’s news release.

juvenile-justice-system_David-BackesDavid Backes writes the Friday news roundup for Reclaiming Futures and contributes articles about juvenile justice reform and adolescent substance abuse treatment to He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Santa Clara University. David works as an account executive for Prichard Communications.