• PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE IS A GROWING PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES
     
    • 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription pain medication
    • 1 in 5 teens report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers
    • 1 in 10 teens have abused cough medication
    • Though overall teen drug use is down nationwide, more teens abuse prescription drugs than any other illicit drug except marijuana – more than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined.
    • Every day, 2,500 kids aged12-17 abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time and more people are getting addicted to prescription drugs.
    • Drug treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 300 percent from 1995 to 2005.
    • Teens are abusing prescription drugs because many believe the myth that these drugs provide a ”safe” high.
    • Especially troubling is that the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they are easy to get and are often free.
    Following are video and printed informational items provided to us by the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition that can help all of us help prevent the abuse of prescription drugs.
    Rx Drug Abuse
    ·         http://bit.ly/wdX4zJ  - Printable flyer with topics that are important to talk to your teen about.
    ·         http://youtu.be/PuB4TL57K5g   -   Video
    ·         http://youtu.be/tFgtryL8PF0    -   Video
     
    PSA on Rx abuse
    ·         http://youtu.be/si3p8C0DiIY   -  Video
    ·         http://youtu.be/bIF3IEcTJJM   -  Video
     
    How to Dispose of Rx Drugs
    ·         http://youtu.be/u1JxQjlT3B4  - Video
              http://bit.ly/wb1NTt   -  Printable flyer with drug disposal information