Kids and Prescription Drugs

If You Don’t Address Drugs, You Aren’t Helping

According to a former U.S. Drug Enforcement agent Robert Stutman, the medicine cabinet in your bathroom is one of the largest drug distributors to young teens and kids.  So does that label parents as one of the largest drug pushers in the community?

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and the easy access to medicine cabinets don’t help.  Kids are taking popular painkillers such a Oxycontin and Vicodin, the A.D.D. drugs Adderall and Ritalin, and others that are commonly prescribed.

Blame is being put on the medical professions who are over prescribing painkillers.  Doctors are prescribing a months worth of medication when only a weeks worth is needed.  This leaves the leftovers in the medicine cabinet up for grabs and fair game for abuse.

“Obviously, kids are still using illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, LSD and ecstsay,” Stutman said, “a common thread in drug abuse, whether by children or adults is that it makes people feel good.”

Being proactive and honest in talking about drugs to kids is paramount.  Education is the key to keeping them off and too few of kids are hearing the message.  Communication at a family level is vital in the fight against drug abuse.

“No teen ever says, ‘I want to be a drug addict’ when I grow up”

Read more about prescription drug addiction.

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