More than 70% of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends, usually from the medicine cabinet at home.
Sixty-eight percent of households do not secure their medications.
Tips for Parents:
The Spring and Summer breaks are coming up. Warnings for parents usually focus on kids traveling abroad, yet teens staying home during the breaks are also at risk for dangerous behaviors such as abuse of prescription drugs. Studies show that more teens start using drugs for the first time during the spring and summer months,while unsupervised and with more free time.
Safeguard all medicines by monitoring quantities and controlling access. Remove drugs from your medicine cabinet and lock them up. Take inventory of your medications and check them regularly.
Warn your youngsters that prescription drugs can be just as dangerous, addictive, and lethal as street drugs. Studies show that teens dangerously view prescription drugs as "safer" to abuse than illicit drugs.
Properly dispose of old or expired medicines in the trash. Hide or mix them with cat litter or coffee grounds before throwing them away.
Don't have kids at home? What about your grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and your friends' kids that visit your house? You could be a drug supplier without even knowing it.
Be safe this Spring Break!