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ATOD ALERT

Information to keep our kids safe.

Prescription Drugs- America’s biggest drug problem might not be in the streets….It might be at home in our medicine cabinets!

More than 2.2 million! That’s the latest estimate of how many youth in the U.S. aged 12 to 17 have used or abused prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in the past year. According to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration it is estimated that each day, approximately 2,500 teen’s use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
The prescription drugs most abused by teens are pain relievers, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants. Abuse of prescription medications can lead to dependence and addiction. In fact, abusing prescription medication can be as dangerous- and addictive- as using street drugs. Because prescription drugs have been prescribed by doctors, many youth may see no harm in using them even if the medication was prescribed for someone else.
To help prevent prescription drug abuse in your home- store your prescriptions where teens cannot get them, watch for missing drugs and discard any unused medications. Educating others in the homes that your children might frequent to the dangers of prescription drugs is wise, especially older adults, such as grandparents who may have many medications in their home. Take advantage of Drug Take Back Days. Encourage others to “take back” any expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. Your next opportunity:

Drug Take Back Day
April 28th, 10:00-2:00
Tuscarawas County Sheriffs Department (lobby)
2295 Reiser Ave. SE., New Philadelphia, OH 44663

In attempt to keep your children safe keep the lines of communication open and talk to them often. As with street drugs, express clear disapproval of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and misuse to ensure your child knows exactly where you stand. Youth take cues from their parents, set a good example in your approach to prescription drugs.
ATOD Alert is provided by “Takin’ It To The Schools”
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New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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