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April 23, 2009
Rx Prevention Starts at Home
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.
Now that you know prescription drug abuse is a problem, here are ways to keep it from affecting your teens' lives:
• Safeguard all drugs at home. Monitor quantities and control access.
• Set clear rules for teens about all drug use, including not sharing medicine and always following the medical provider's advice and dosages.
• Be a good role model by following the same rules with your own medicines.
• Properly dispose of old or unneeded medicines.
• Ask friends and family to safeguard their prescription drugs as well.
Check out these sample conversationsfor addressing drug abuse with your teen.
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Read expert advice on "Safeguarding and Monitoring" your teens to find out how to keep them drug-free.
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