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 A. Introduction

Data from the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows the second most common type of illegal drug use after marijuana is the non-medical use of prescription drugs. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America (2005) states that 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription painkiller. Intended to help parents or caregivers who seek information about prescription drug abuse and teenagers, this pathfinder focuses on materials available through the Metropolitan Library System and also includes some resources such as support groups and websites.

 B. Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers

Search the library system catalog using these subject headings or browse the shelf numbers:

  • Drug abuse, 362.29
  • Substance abuse, 362.29
  • Drugs -- Dictionaries, 615.1
  • Drugs --Encyclopedias, 615.1
  • Drugs --Physiological effect, 362.29
  • Drugs of abuse, 615.78
  • Narcotic habit, 616.8606
  • Narcotics and youth, 305.235

 C. Frequently Mentioned Texts

Physicians' Desk Reference 615.1/P578p. The PDR has information on all prescription drugs.

 D. General References, e.g. Guides, Encyclopedia, or Dictionaries

Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-to-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals. 2nd edition. 362.29/F193d2

The Pill Book Editor-in-Chief, H. M. Silverman. 11th edition. 615.1/P641p11

 E. Magazines or Newspapers

 F. Internet Resources

  • From a search engine home page, i.e.,,,, etc., use search terms such as:
    • "prescription drugs" and abuse
    • "prescription medication" and abuse
    • teens and "prescription drug abuse
  • A resource for researching drug abuse: Best of the web - Drugs

 H. For Further Research

  • Local
    • For referrals in Oklahoma City, call HeartLine 1-405-848-CARE (2273), a 24/7 helpline for emotional support and information & referral services, confidential and free.
    • Oklahoma Outreach is an Oklahoma City outpatient counseling office, dealing with youth and families with substance abuse and dependency issues. Their website has some very good information and links for families in this situation. Included are local emergency numbers, referral agencies, and hotlines.
    • Parents Helping Families is an Edmond organization. This is a resource page for parents who are dealing with a son or daughter (any age) that is using alcohol or other drugs.Phone number is 405-629-6384 for a recorded message that will provide you with vital information.
  • National
Prepared by D. Spindle and L. Temple
Updated March 2013