Teen Medicine Abuse Flyer
D.A.R.E. Officers, Parents, Educators, Community Leaders
Teen Medicine Abuse
Let’s All Work Together – Be Part of the Solution. Medicine abuse is our nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
Education is an important piece of the solution!
- Twenty percent of teens say they have recreationally taken a prescription (Rx) drug without having a prescription for it themselves.
- Five percent of teens report abusing over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine to get “high.”
- Teens report getting many of these medicines from home medicine cabinets.
- Many teens mistakenly believe that abusing prescription or over-the-counter medicines is “safer” than other “street” drugs.
- Medicine abuse cuts across geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic boundaries.
- Parents are important! Kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs.
- Educate yourself about teen medicine abuse: know what kinds of medicines are most commonly abused. These include prescription pain relievers, anti-anxiety medicines, ADHD medicines and over-the-counter cough medicines.
- Communicate with your teens: make sure they understand the dangers of abusing medicines.
- Safeguard: monitor the prescription and over-the-counter medicines in your home and keep them in a secure place where teens – and their friends – don’t have easy access.
- It takes involvement and commitment from the entire community – law enforcement, educators, social workers, extended family and community leaders – to take responsibility for helping students lead safe and drug-free lives.
Free resources are available:
- Visit www.StopMedicineAbuse.org to learn more about medicine abuse and what can be done to help curb this growing trend among our youth.
- Download and order free toolkits for parents, educators, healthcare providers and law enforcement s from the StopMedicineAbuse.org website. Follow the site’s Five Moms blog to learn from the insights of real-world moms of teens and access teen testimonial videos on the dangers of medicine abuse at www.Youtube.com/DXMstrs.
- Use D.A.R.E America’s “Helping Communities Respond to Rx and OTC Abuse” curricula for students that addresses the safe use of medicine as well as abuse of medicine. Also included are videos and information to use for community presentations.