Prescription Drug Addiction among Teens Portland ME

Prescription drugs are very commonly sold on the street like other illegal drugs as well. Some teens even think a prescription drug, regardless of whom it was prescribed to be safer than an ordinary street drug. Cynthia may take her brother’s ADHD medicine to curb her appetite because she had been told how bad diet pills could be. Cynthia thought the ADHD drug would be safer.

Portland VA Clinic
(207) 771-3500
73 Washington Avenue
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Catholic Charities Maine
(207) 775-5671x5320
250 Anderson Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, French

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Top of the Hill Counseling
(207) 780-8999
142 High Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
DUI/DWI offenders

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Transitions Counseling Inc
(888) 773-8886
222 Saint John Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient

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Community Substance Abuse Centers
(207) 221-2292
2300 Congress Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Data Provided by:
Serenity House Inc
(207) 774-2722
30 Mellen Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Men

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Access Team
(207) 780-0020
576 Saint John Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Data Provided by:
City of Portland/Portland Public Hlth
(207) 874-8445
20 Portland Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

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YAI
(207) 874-1060
54 Maple Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house, Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Data Provided by:
Crossroads for Women
(207) 773-9931
66 Pearl Street
Portland, ME
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, DUI/DWI offenders

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Prescription Drug Addiction among Teens

For a variety of reasons prescription drugs are used by teens in all parts of the world. Some teens may think that the drugs will assist them to have more excitement or to be happier, or to lose weight. Because family members could have the prescription, these drugs can be easier to get than street drugs. Prescription drugs are very commonly sold on the street like other illegal drugs as well. Some teens even think a prescription drug, regardless of whom it was prescribed to be safer than an ordinary street drug. Cynthia may take her brother’s ADHD medicine to curb her appetite because she had been told how bad diet pills could be. Cynthia thought the ADHD drug would be safer. After all, it was prescribed by a doctor for her brother - - but not for her - - and not for the condition in which she is taking the ADHD drug. Prescription drugs are only safe for the people who actually have prescriptions for them. A doctor has examined the person and told them exactly how to take the drug, and most likely, the person has also been told those things to avoid while taking the drug such as alcohol or other medications. Cynthia would most likely not have the same type of information and may combine this drug with another substance that could cause her significant health problems and/or even death. Cynthia did not know that taking her brother’s ADHD medicine was also illegal. Taking drugs without a prescription – or sharing a prescription drug with friends – is breaking the law.

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