Teens turning to prescription drugs in Montreal
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Canada and teenagers are especially at risk to drugs that are accessible, inexpensive and often deadly when mixed with other substances.
Sabrina Launiere is trying to start a new chapter in her life. At 15-years-old she is a recovering drug addict. Her drug of choice was cocaine, but when she couldn’t get her fix she turned to prescriptions drugs—Oxycontin, Xanax, Codeine, Morphine—drugs she got for free from her friend’s mom.
“When I would go out on weekends and do these prescription drugs, I wouldn’t feel any of the emotions from the last week and that’s why I kept doing them,” said Launiere.
Sabrina Launiere, 15, is a recovering drug addict. Her drug of choice was cocaine, but when she couldn’t get her fix she turned to prescriptions drugs.
She’s not alone. Almost half of the 27 teenaged residents at the Portage West Island substance abuse center have gotten high on prescriptions drugs.