More Teens Are Taking Sedatives While Shunning Smoking And Alcohol

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5 April 2019

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One in five students admit to taking sleeping pills or sedatives with no medical reasons.

A study by the cancer council shows students are drinking and smoking less – but their use of unnecessary tranquilisers is increasing. 

A total 20 per cent of students aged 12 to 17 admitted to recreationally using sleeping tablets, sedatives or benzodiazepines, including diazepam, the Herald Sun reports.

Two in three had tried alcohol, while one in twenty kids had smoked.

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