Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription Drug Dangers
Although teens are turning away from street drugs, now there's a new threat and it's from the family medicine cabinet: The abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Parents and caregivers are the first line of defense in addressing this troubling trend. Because these drugs are so readily available, and many teens believe they are a safe way to get high, teens who wouldn't otherwise touch illicit drugs might abuse prescription drugs. 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. Loved ones are also utilizing prescription drugs to get high.