How to Discard Unused Medication

Every day, 2,000 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. They’re primarily accessing these drugs in homes. It can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer or medicine cabinet. Prescription drugs are not exempt from causing harm to your teenager. The scary statistic-12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined. (more…)

Report Shows Teens Moving From Street Drugs to Prescription Drugs

A recent White House analysis shows that teens are turning away from street drugs, like marijuana and cocaine, and are now abusing prescription drugs to get high. The report, “Teens and Prescription Drugs: An Analysis of Recent Trends on the Emerging Drug Threat,” released in February by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), found that new users of prescription drugs have now caught up with new users of marijuana, and prescription drugs are now the second most commonly used illegal drug by teens to get high, behind marijuana. The report also shows that the majority of teens, who use these products, are getting them easily and for free. (more…)

Community Educates Parents and Grandparents to Curb Rx Abuse

Like many communities across the country, rural Armstrong County, Penn. was seeing increasingly more cases of teens abusing prescription medications, such as pain relievers. To address this alarming trend, community leaders decided to take their education efforts straight to the parents and grandparents who are prescribed the medications. (more…)