Next up in the news is a cautionary lesson for parents and grandparents about keeping their medications safe from children. Standard measures won’t do the trick since they don’t make “Teen-Proof” caps for medications, though. I found an article over at MedicineNet.com on securing prescription drugs from teens.
1 In 5 Teens Abuse Prescription Drugs
According to https://broadwaytreatmentcenter.com, teens are a much greater risk for prescription drug misuse and overdose than toddlers. He quotes a shocking CDC stat that says that nearly 1 in 5 American teens have abused prescription drugs. Another stat from that report says that teens were quoted as saying that access to prescription narcotics is fairly easy in their homes at least 50 percent of the time.
This is from the 2012 National Institute on Drug Abuse Survey. Some teens misuse these prescription medications because they may mistakenly believe that they are a “safe high” when compared to street drugs. There are ways that parents and even grandparents can keep drugs away from teens.
- Keep track of prescriptions and be aware of the number of pills you have for each one.
- Keep all prescription drugs, especially narcotics, locked up along with a written log of all prescription drugs you have in the home in case this location turns up with missing drug containers.
You’ll need to know what went missing and be aware of the specific dangers to the children involved. This is a perfect “oh, by the way” education piece for you to use when talking with patients, friends, family and community members. If you are looking for additional resources or statistics for your area, reach out to you local poison center and ask them for information on prescription drug abuse in your community. Take this opportunity to get the word out about how widespread prescription drug abuse is for people out there.
Followup on the links to this news item and all the other articles and resources in this week’s episode show notes – Med Bender Special EMS Week Contest Mobile App and Episode 386.