Deaths from prescription drug abuse have exceeded the number of deaths caused by car accidents. New reports show that teens have an easier time accessing prescription drugs than beer.
Drug awareness programs targeted at teens used to warn children and young adults about the consequences of using tobacco, nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other highly addictive drugs and substances. Programs in schools have changed over the years as modern teens started dying or having dangerous reactions to prescription drug overdoses.
How are teens getting prescription drugs? Statistics show that 7 out 10 teens who abuse prescription medications accessed them through a family member or a friend who had a valid prescription. What’s the most prescribed drug in the US? Vicodin.
The combination of these two factors creates a huge problem for parents who need to educate their children more now than ever before about the long-term negative affects of drug abuse. Drug injury attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates created this list of five tips for talking to your teens about drug use:
1. Ask your child what their long-term goals are. If it’s college, let them know how scholarships—both academic and athletic—will be compromised if they use drugs. A criminal record is possible too.
2. Stay involved. Get to know your child’s friends and their friends’ parents. Encourage positive experiences and lifestyles like volunteering, hobbies, exercise and healthy eating.
3. If you’re not happy with your child’s choice of friends, ask him or her why they like their friends. Open a discussion about how people should treat each other.
4. Praise children for their successes. Positive reinforcement is an age-old practice that develops a positive relationship.
5. Debunk pop culture. Teach teens healthy and realistic perspectives that they’re missing out on with lifestyles they see on TV and in movies.