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Grandparents May Be Supplying Drugs to Children This Summer Without Even Knowing It

70% of teens who abuse Rx drugs get them from family and friends - see video

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June 15, 2011 - Studies show that more teens start using drugs during the summer months - while unsupervised and with more free time. Some of them may even be finding their grandparents’ home a treasure trove of easy to reach temptations.

With the end of the school year approaching, children look forward to a long break - and a lot of time at home alone. When teenagers are released from school for long break periods, such as summer, the risk of substance abuse increases.

   ● 70% of teens who abuse Rx drugs get them from family and friends.

   ● 68% of households do not properly secure their Rx medications.

   ● Studies show that unmonitored kids are four times more likely to engage in substance abuse.

   ● The distressed employment market makes it harder for teens to find summer jobs, leading to more boredom, restlessness and free time.

   ● A new study surveyed 2,500 high schoolers and reported that one in four admitted to abusing Rx drugs.

Tips for grandparents:

   ● Safeguard all medicines by monitoring quantities and controlling access. Remove drugs from your medicine cabinet and lock them up.

   ● Warn youngsters that prescription drugs can be just as dangerous, addictive, and lethal as street drugs. Studies show that teens dangerously view prescription drugs as "safer" to abuse than illicit drugs.

   ● Properly dispose of old or expired medicines in the trash. Hide or mix them with cat litter or coffee grounds before throwing them away.

About the issue:

The CDC lists prescription drug abuse as the fastest-growing drug problem among 12-17 year olds. One in four high school students in the U.S. admits to having taken a prescription drug without a prescription. The number of teens going into treatment for addiction to prescription drugs has increased by more than 300%. Emergency room visits for prescription drug abuse have more than doubled since 2004, 48% of all ER visits for prescription drug abuse are by young people ages 12-20. Prescription drugs are now involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine, combined.


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About the campaign:

Lock Your Meds is the new national campaign from the National Family Partnership (NFP) to inform families that they are frequently the "unintentional suppliers" of prescription medications being abused by young people.

The NFP says it is the largest and oldest drug-prevention group in the United States, and in 1988 developed "Red Ribbon Week" into the annual campaign that now reaches more than 80 million people each year, mobilizing parents, schools and communities. As the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention group, NFP is committed to keeping families informed.

Lock Your Meds

Grandparents can learn more about preventing prescription drug abuse at home this summer by downloading the MEDucation Kit from Lock Your Meds. This resource provides a good dose of knowledge about prescription drug abuse among adolescents. The comprehensive kit teaches grandparents lessons about the problems of abuse and the solutions available for families.

Download the MEDucation kit here: Click


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