Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Prescription drug use among teenagers.
Brief Summary: In the United States, 2,500 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 will abuse a prescription drug for the first time every day. In fact, more people abuse prescription drugs — and more deaths occur as a result of that abuse — than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin combined. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. And while this used to be mainly an inner-city problem, abuse in rural white communities has far surpassed what occurs in inner cities. There are many reasons why teens are opting for prescription drugs over illegal street drugs. As a parent, helping your teens become aware of the dangers is a step in the right direction. Additionally, you will learn the signs of abuse and through these resources you will be able to help your teen if they have gone down this dangerous path.
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Continue the Conversation: Remember to be open and honest about these conversations. Take a non threatening approach and tone. Above all listen to what your child is saying.
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