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Their future depends on you: Together we can prevent prescription drug abuse

Drug Guide for Parents

 

 

 

 

prescription drug infographic 

Where are Teens getting prescription medicine?

Teens who report abuse of precription medicine are getting them from friends, family, and acquaintances. Some teens share prescription medicines among themselves (handing out or selling their own pills or those they've acquired or stolen from classmates. A very small minority of teens also say they get their prescription medicine illicitly from doctors, pharmacists, or over the internet.

reasons teens abuse prescription drugs

What can you do?

   

1.    Talk openly.

§   Educate yourself. And make sure to talk with your friends and family.

2.     Safeguard the medications at home.

§  Make sure that painkillers and other prescription drugs are locked up and out of reach.

3.     Look for warning signs.

§  Missing pills, behavior and personality changes, excessive energy, mood swings, change in appetite, slurred speech, irritability, forgetfulness, constricted pupils, and more are all signs of abuse. If you suspect your child, friend or loved one is using prescription drugs, talk to them and get professional help right away.

4.     Learn about the most dangerous prescription drugs.

§  Painkillers, also known as narcotics or opiates, have some of the same properties as heroin. Examples include: OxyContin (oxycodone), Percocet (oxycodone), Lortab (hydrocodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone) and Demerol (meperidine).

§  Depressants are prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Examples are: Ambien (zolpidem), Valium (diazepam), Ativan, (lorazepam), Klonopin, (clonazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam).

§  Stimulants are often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Examples include Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Concerta.

5.    Understand the risks.

§  Addiction knows no boundaries, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status.

 

 

Source:  http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/popping-pills-prescription-drug-abuse-in-america

http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/prescription-drug-abuse-young-people-risk