A recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 20% of teens have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription. More often than not, these teens are getting their prescription drugs from their own family’s medicine cabinet. In fact, fifty-five percent often agree that it’s easy to get prescription drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinets.
With this rise in prescription drug use among teens, it’s more important than ever for parents to lock up their medicine cabinets , find out about the prescription drugs in their child’s environment and how to address prescription drug use and abuse in their home.
Teenagers turn to prescription drugs because they perceive them as less dangerous than illegal drugs (like cocaine , heroin , meth , etc.). But it isn’t true and, as a result, there is a false sense of security about prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Teenage prescription drug abuse is on the rise. But the good news is, as a parent, you can influence your teen’s decision not to use drugs. The majority of teens still report that their parents-not their peers or the media-have the biggest influence on their decision to stay drug-free. In fact, kids who learn about the risks of drugs at home are up to fifty percent less likely to use drugs. Use this influence to talk to your teen about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs .