Katie Couric's Notebook: Prescription Drugs

These days it seems like there are pills for everything: ones that help you with anxiety, and ones that help you lose weight, ones for restless legs, and wandering minds, and even limp libidos.

With all those pills floating around it's no wonder that prescription drug abuse has become the country's fastest growing drug problem.

But a new government report still has some startling findings.

From 1998 to 2008 there was a 400 percent increase in treatment for addiction to prescription painkillers and it spanned virtually every demographic.

Another recent study found that 7 out of the top 10 drugs twelfth graders report abusing are prescription medications like Vicodin and Adderall.

The government report offers one simple fix for parents: get rid of your old prescriptions!

These days gateway drugs are just as likely to come in plastic vials as plastic baggies.

Don't let your own medicine cabinet become just as dangerous as the pusher on the corner.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.