Prescription Drug Abuse in the Home

Teen drug use is no laughing matter, but parents themselves may be writing a prescription for abuse.


Prescription drug abuse is on the rise with teens and the problem can start in our own homes. Many teens require prescriptions medications like sedatives, pain relievers, or ADHD medications.


However, researchers found 75% of teens had uncontrolled access to their medications. This means that parents didn’t supervise the use or lock them up when they weren’t needed.


We all want to believe the best in our kids so taking tougher measures may be hard. And many parents are simply caught up in the “my child would never do that” syndrome. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Treat prescription drugs like you would alcohol and keep tight control on them. That’s the best medicine for protecting your teen.


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