Teens are finding prescription drugs wherever people they know keep them - and abusing them more than any illicit street drug except marijuana. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are readily available at home, at school, and at family and friends' houses. In fact, 70 percent of persons age 12 and older who abuse prescription painkillers say they get them from a relative or friend.
Parents can become part of the solution in preventing teen prescription drug abuse by monitoring the medicines they have at home, getting rid of unneeded medicines, and teaching their teens about the dangers of Rx abuse.
Start now by exploring these potential "danger zones"to learn more about safeguarding your prescriptions - and your teens.
Take action: Safeguard your prescriptions
Yes, prescription drug abuse is a tough issue to address, but parents must be proactive in preventing what could be their teens' next high. Teens who wouldn't otherwise touch illicit drugs might abuse prescription drugs, believing the myth that these drugs provide a "safe" high. And not many parents are talking to them about it, even though teens report that parental disapproval is a powerful way to keep them away from drugs in general.
Talk to your teen about the dangers of Rx abuse.
 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA, 2008.
 PATS 2006, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 2007.