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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS > Prescription Drug Fact Sheet  
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1 in 7 teens in the U.S. report having abused prescription drugs to “get high”.
 
 
Prescription drugs are the #1 choice to get high among 12-13 year olds.
 
 
More than 60% of teens say prescription pain relievers are easy to get from the medicine cabinet at home, the homes of relatives, or from friends.
 
 
Prescription drug abuse can lead to addiction and/or death.
 
 
Emergency room visits due to abuse of prescription drugs are greater than the number of visits due to abuse of marijuana and heroin combined.
 
 
 
  What Can You Do?  
 
  Secure Medication at Home and Dispose Properly
 
 
REMOVE drugs from your medicine cabinet and hide them, lock them up or take them out of your house.
 
 
SAFEGUARD all medicines that have to remain at home by monitoring quantities and controlling access.
 
 
WARN your child/teen that taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s supervision can be just as dangerous and potentially lethal as taking street drugs.
 
 
SUPERVISE your child/teen’s internet use. Many pharmacy sites are not regulated and will sell medications without prescriptions.
 
 
TALK to other family members (especially grandparents) and the parents of your child/teen’s friends about the importance of safeguarding medications in the home.
 
     
   
  Information provided by the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families- Promoting safe, healthy and drug free youth and supporting families.
For more information about prescription drug abuse or the Coalition, please call 586/723-2360.

 
     
 
 
 
 
 
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