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Teenagers and Prescription Drugs

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

My son’s middle school sent this info to parents, and I thought it was worth sharing.

The drug situation in our schools is different than it was when we were teenagers. Prescriptions drugs play a larger role in kid’s lives today, and we need to be vigilant about keeping an eye on our kids (do you stay up and greet your child when he comes home from a night out?) and on our medicine cabinets.

With thanks to our school, which I won’t name, here’s the info parents of teens need to know:

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Teens Say Prescription Drugs Are Easier to Buy Than Beer

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Hi everyone -

As I was finishing writing this post, my 12-year-old son wandered into the office, and the photo and headline here grabbed his attention. We ended up having a really good chat about kids and drugs. You never know when and where these opportunities will arise! OK, back to the blog:

Parents who don't monitor their kids' school-night
activities, safeguard their prescription drugs, address the problem of
drugs in their kids' schools, and set good examples increase the
risk that their teens will smoke, drink, and use
illegal and prescription drugs.

That's the word from the 13th annual back-to-school survey conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

The survey
found that the later teens are out of the house hanging out with
friends on school nights, the more likely they are to be involved with
alcohol and drug use.

46
percent of 12- to 17-year olds report leaving their house to hang out
with friends on school nights. Among these teens:

°    50 percent who come home after 10:00 p.m. say that drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana or other drug use occurs.

°    29 percent who
come home after 8:00 p.m. and before 10:00 p.m. say that drinking
alcohol, smoking marijuana or other drug use occurs.

For the first
time in the CASA survey’s history, more teens said prescription drugs
were easier to buy than beer (19 vs. 15 percent). Almost half (46 percent) of teens say
painkillers are the most commonly abused prescription drug among teens.

When teens who know prescription drug abusers were asked where those kids get their drugs:

°    31 percent said from friends or classmates

°    34 percent said from home, parents or the family medicine cabinet

°    16 percent said other

°    9 percent said from a drug dealer

Talking with your child about drug and alcohol abuse, safeguarding the family medicine cabinet (including keeping a count of pills that might be abused) and setting family rules and curfews can all help prevent teen drug and alcohol abuse.

What conversations are you having with your kids about this important topic? Please share your thoughts in "comments."