Summer vacation is coming up and more kids will be unsupervised at home.
With prescription drug abuse climbing sharply, the Lock Your Meds campaign is advising parents and grandparents not to be a drug supplier to their children and grandchildren.
Studies show that more teens start using drugs during the summer months – while unsupervised and with more free time.
With the end of the school year approaching, children look forward to a long break – and a lot of time at home alone. When teenagers out of school for vacations, the risk of substance abuse increases.
Youth and prescription drug abuse
Tips for parents and grandparents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists prescription drug abuse as the fastest-growing drug problem among 12 to 17 year olds. The number of teens going into treatment for addiction to prescription drugs has increased by more than 300 percent.
Emergency room visits for prescription drug abuse have more than doubled since 2004; 48 percent of all emergency room visits for prescription drug abuse are by young people ages 12 to 20, according to the CDC. Prescription drugs are now involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
Parents and grandparents can learn more about preventing prescription drug abuse at home this summer by downloading the MEDucation Kit from Lock Your Meds. It provides information about prescription drug abuse among adolescents and solutions available for families.