I-Team: Teen Athletes More Likely To Abuse Painkillers

I-Team: Teen Athletes More Likely To Abuse Painkillers

July 21, 2019 0 By William Morgan


THEY FOUND THE DRIVER KEITH
GENES IN THE PARKING LOT —
JONES IN THE PARKING LOT.
NEW TONIGHT IN AN iTEAM
INVESTIGATION, FROM STUDENT
ATHLETE TOED A VICT AND THE
PATH STARTS — TO AIDICT AND IT
ALL STARTS —
Reporter: JAMES WAS A STAND
OUT ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD.
RUNNING BACK.
HE COULD GET A LOT OF
TOUCHDOWNS.
Reporter: INJURIES FOR THE
STAR.
FRACTURED HIS COLLAR BONE
AND, YOU KNOW, DAD TOOK HIM TO
THE HOSPITAL.
SEND YOU HOME WITH OXYCONTIN.
WE MADE HIM TAKE HIS
MEDICATION.
THINKING WE WERE BEING GOOD
PARENTS AND WE UNDERESTIMATED
THE POWER THE DRUGS HAD.
Reporter: JAMES BECAME
ADDICTED TO PAIN PILLS AND THEN
HEROIN AND DIED OF AN OVER DOSE
IN 2013.
SHE HAS NOW LOST TWO SONS TO
THE EPIDEMIC.
NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS
WOULD I HAVE THOUGHT THIS.
NEVER.
SPORTS INJURIES ARE ONE MORE
PATH WAY TOADDICTION.
Reporter: — TO ADDICTION.
Reporter: HE HAS SEEN MORE
CASES OF TEENS STRUGGLING WITH
ADDICTION.
.
ARE THEY FULLY READY?
ARE WE JUST MASKING THE PAIN?
THE THREAT IS REAL.
ONE STUDY FOUND THEY ARE 50%
MORE LIKELY TO ABUSE
PRESCRIPTION PAIN KILLERS THAN
TEENS WHO DON’T PLAY SPORTS.
HE BROKE HIS FOOT FOOT AND
PRESCRIBED MEDICINE.
THE BRAIN ISN’T FULLY
DEVELOPED TILL 25.
Reporter: THIS PART OF THE
BRAIN REGULATES REASONING AND
IMPULSE CONTROL.
.
IF A TEENAGER IS PRESCRIBED
NARCOTICS FOR PAIN THEY ARE
MORE LIKELY TO END UP ABUSING
IT.
Reporter: PARENTS NEED TO
CHALLENGE DOCTORS ON WHETHER
THE DRUGS ARE TRULY NECESSARY.
TALK TO YOUR PROVIDER AND
SAY IS IT OKAY IF WE START WITH
5 TO 10 OF THESE.
IS IT OKAY IF WE CALL YOU IF WE
NEED MORE.
IT IS PRESCRIBED.
HOW BAD COULD IT BE.
Reporter: SHE WISHED SHE
STARTED ASKING QUESTIONS
SOONER.
PARENTS HAVE A LOT OF GUILT
AND A LOT OF SADNESS.
IF THERE IS A STORY WE