Prescription Drug Abuse Work Team
This work team educates the public on the dangers of prescription drug abuse and organizes informational sessions for providers and the public. If you would like to become involved in this effort, please contact Phil Millerov, Coalition Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 989-289-0527.
Prescription Drug Abuse Often Starts at Home
Prescription drug abuse continues to grow at an alarming rate. The problem often starts at home, where people begin abusing medication from their own medicine cabinet. Some people experiment with prescription drugs because they think they will have more fun, lose weight, fit in, or study more effectively. Others think prescription drugs are safer and less addictive than street drugs, but that’s just not so.
Prescription drugs abused most often:
- Opioids: usually prescribed to treat pain. Examples include Oxycontin and Vicodin.
- Central nervous system depressants: usually prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Examples include Xanax and Valium
- Stimulants: Usually prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Examples include Concerta and Adderall.
How Can Parents Protect Their Children?
- Talk to your kids about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. Let them know that experimenting with prescription drugs can lead to addiction, overdose or even death.
- Make sure teens understand abusing prescription drugs is illegal, including sharing them with friends.
- Be a positive role model when using prescription drugs.
- Educate teens about following medication instructions and dosages.
- Supervise your child’s activities, know who their friends are, and monitor their surroundings.