Prescribing Anxiety Meds for Teens May Trigger Later Drug Abuse
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 5, Number 8, December 2014
Adolescents are commonly prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications, which is often reasonable, given the efficacy of these agents. We often worry about abuse potential, but we’ve had little data to tell how much we should worry, until now. It turns out that we may be prodding some of these teens down the road toward addiction.