What did you do with the Percocet pills that you didn’t finish after your surgery? Where are they now?
Do you lock up your vodka, but leave your Xanax in your bathroom cabinet?
Do your kids’ friends know where you keep the ADHD meds?
These are some of the questions I came away with yesterday after watching “Out of Reach,” a short documentary starring a teen filmmaker who set out to uncover the growing problem of teens abusing prescription medications — often their parents’ Rxes.
Teen medicine abuse is an epidemic, with 1 in 4 teens — 5 million teens — reporting misusing or abusing RX drugs at least once in their lives, reports the The Partnership at Drug-Free.org. That’s a 33% increase since 2008. Prescription medicines are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12 to 13 year olds. Consider this:
What can you do? Lock up your meds, peroperly dispose unused prescriptions, educate yourself and share that information with others, and talk to your kids. Click to pledge to #EndMedicineAbuse by safeguarding your meds and talking to your kids about Rx medicine abuse.
Click over to read 5 Signs Your Teen May Be Abusing Medicine.
The Partnership at Drug-Free.org, with CASA Columbia, invited journalists, bloggers, social workers, and medical professionals to watch the documentary. Then a panel of experts shared their insights:
Karen Soren, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics & Public Health, Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Adolescent Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
National Correspondent,The New York Times
Adrienne Abbate, MPA
Director, Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) -
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