Senior citizens can help prevent teen prescription drug abuse
According to AARP, three-fourths of people age 45 or older take an average of four prescription medications daily. You care about your grandchildren and their friends. You know them as well as anyone. That’s why you should be aware that prescription drugs (pain relievers, depressants, stimulants) abuse is on the rise. These types of medications are often found in your home.
Research indicates that 70% of young people ages 12 to 17 who abuse pain relievers say they got them from a relative or friend.
How can you prevent Rx drug abuse in your home?
- Safeguard all drugs and medications. Don’t leave pills unattended.
- Monitor quantities and control access to the bottles.
- Discuss clear rules for teens about all drug use. This includes not sharing medications and following a doctor’s advice on dosages.
- Be a good role model and follow the same rules with your own medications.
- Don’t take medications in front of children.
- Don’t call medications “candy.”
- Try not to involve children as “helpers” with your medications. They should not have to remind you to take meds or bring you water.
- Properly dispose of old or unused medicines.
- Ask family members and friends to safeguard their prescription drugs.
You can keep your grandchildren and their friends safe and drug-free.
Resources are available at www.drugfree.org.