Protect your Child from Prescription Drug Abuse

According to a report published in the Health Day, “The United States appears to be in the throes of a prescription drug abuse crisis among teens, with a new survey showing that 24 percent of high school students — more than 5 million kids — have abused these medications.”

This is frightening, especially if you have a teen at home. Teenage is a vulnerable phase, which could make or mar the future of a child standing at a crossroads of life. Parents usually have a tremendous pressure to keep their children safe and away from such maladies.

Children avoid confrontation by keeping things under wraps

Singer Demi Lovato once said in an interview: “Something I’ve never talked about before, but with my drug use I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs. I couldn’t go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes.”

“I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. That’s how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me], I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me [and] I was able to hide it from them as well,” media reports quoted her as saying a couple of years ago. So adept they are in surreptitiously handling things that you have to out-think them to catch them in the act. It could be difficult to find if your child is abusing a prescription drug.

How does a child fall prey to prescription drug abuse?

When children hobnob with their peers, they make every effort to unravel life’s experiences, both virtues and vices. Prescription drug abuse for recreational use also starts from here. Taking prescription drugs not recommended by a doctor can pose a significant threat to life. These drugs are fast becoming popular among kids because they consider these a safer way to get high. Hence, you have to be constantly on the vigil and have frequent open and honest communication with your children. Seeking prescription drug addiction help for your child is the last thing you would like to go through in your life.

It is always advisable to keep prescriptions drugs, which have addictive medicines, out from the reach of children.

What can parents do to prevent addiction in children?

A nationally representative poll by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, in conjunction with the MetLife Foundation launched in 2012, discovered that many parents in a bid to keep their children ahead in the race give them Ritalin or Adderall to boost their school performance. This is a horrendous practice and is a gross misconception on their part. These medicines are prescribed to children with ADHD.

Only doctors know the best as they prescribe medicines after studying individual cases. These drugs should not be given to children without consulting doctors, assuming that these will bring in improvements in their performance in school. By doing this, parents are unintentionally leading their children to fall prey to prescription drug abuse.

According to Steve Pasierb, president and CEO at the Partnership organization, “The key here is that kids, and often their parents too, are buying into the myth and misunderstanding that prescription drug abuse is a safer way to get high, a safer alternative to street drugs and that they can control it.” To

curb this menace, everyone has to be responsible, right from parents to schools and the society at large.

The prescription drug abuse treatment in California is among the best in the country. If your child is a victim of prescription drug abuse, call our 24/7 Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline today at 866–450–1557 to get the help you need.

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