Teenagers abusing prescription drugs is not a new thing. It seems we hear more about the problem now than what we used to, but students have been busted in schools for having possession of prescription drugs for many years.
For instance, in 1998 a student from a Southern Ohio high school was made to attend an alternative school for a week after she offered Vicodin to another student who had an injury. The student who had the Vicodin did have a prescription for it after having an appendectomy, but did not see the harm in offering it to the other student for her injury. However, the student who offered the drug was not aware that it was a narcotic.
The difference between then and now is the fact that most students are aware that painkillers such as Vicodin are narcotics and they know more about what they can do. They also know that they can make money off of them by selling them to other students or exchanging them for something else.
This shows that the drug problems today are not like they were a decade ago when the coolest way to get high was sniffing white-out or permanent markers. Prescription drugs are also becoming a growing issue in students as young as middle school age. This has resulted in many school systems looking to implement programs that help curb the exchange and consumption of prescription drugs by teens and pre-teens.