Parents: Do You Know?

Parents: Do you know...?

pill bottle and pills1One third of all new prescription drug abusers in 2006 were 12 to 17 year olds. (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy 2008. Prescription for Danger: A Report on the Troubling Trend of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Among the Nation's Teens, 2.)

"Teen prescription (Rx) drug abuse is a serious and growing problem in the United States. According to a survey, one in four high school students has taken a prescription drug that was not prescribed for them by a doctor. Every day, 2, 500 young people use a prescription pain reliever to get high for the first time.

Many teens do not realize that abusing prescription medications or mixing prescription medications with alcohol can cause serious health consequences---even death. It's important that parents be aware of the is issue and monitor teens' access to prescription drugs.

Here's what parents can do to take action right now:
  1. Take all prescription medications out of the medicine cabinet and secure them in a safe place. Encourage relatives, especially grandparents, do the same.
  2. Have an ongoing dialogue with your teens
  3. Learn to recognize the signs of abuse by visiting:
For a comprehensive list of the signs and symptoms of prescription medication abuse visit:

"Research shows that teens who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs."
(The Partnership at and MetLife Foundation. (2009). 2008 Parents Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), 11.)

Youth Creative with Drug Use (Reprinted from the Reporter-Times, January 25, 2012)
Those pens your junior high or high school student is carrying could also be hiding their stash of K2 Spice or cocaine. Their water bottles? Many are using them to bring in vodka to school. Gummy bears and gummy worms? Some students are soaking them in alcohol and then bringing them to school as a good way to mask their alcohol consumption.

Links to Other Drug Education Resources
Parents: The Anti-Drug - Drug information and parenting advice
ASK - Adolescent Substance Abuse - Knowledge Base
TeenZeen - Source for teen drug abuse and alcohol prevention
Drugfree - lots of other resources for drug and alcohol abuse

For a comprehensive list of the signs and symptoms of prescription medication abuse visit:

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