According to a recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of teens have taken a prescription drug without being prescribed by a doctor.
The most popular place these teens have found prescription drugs is their home. Over 55% of teens that have taken prescription medications without consent were taking them from their parents medicine cabinets.
The common thread behind teens using prescription drugs is the idea that it’s a safer alternative to illegal substances. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, this false sense of security has lead many teens and young adults to their deaths.
These days, the prescription drug problem has been considered a national epidemic. The good news is, as a parent, there are steps and precautions you can take to help influence your child’s decision making. Discussing this uncomfortable topic and raising awareness to your child of the situations and influences he/she might find themselves in is a good place to start.
If working with a teen/young adult that is or is suspected to be using prescription drugs, contact an addiction specialist at (888) 357-7577 and help get the appropriate guidance and support.
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