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Prescription And Over The Counter Drug Use In Teens

A continuing and dangerousproblem among today’steens is the rise of prescription and over the counter drug abuse.  This abuse of over the counter and prescription drugs is incredibly dangerous and parents need to be aware of their teens activities. Many teens claim to have gotten these drugs for free from a friend or relative.  If you suspect your teen may be abusing prescription drugs, please don’t hesitate to get professional help for them as soon as possible.

Why Teens Are Using Prescription Drugs

One of the main factors driving the teen abuse of medications is the misperception that abusing “legal” medications is not harmful and the ease of access. Most of these drugs can be obtained at home, a friend’s house or on the Internet. I have always been an advocate for locking up all your at home medications, if not for your family members but for the friends of your family members that come into your home.  It is important for parents to remember that prescription drug abuse is just as dangerous as illegal drugs.  Please don’t hesitate to get your teen the help they need.

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