Family Safety Tip: Lock Your Meds
Lock Your Meds™ is a new national campaign from the National Family Partnership to inform families that they are frequently the “unintentional suppliers” of prescription medications being abused by young people.
The CDC lists prescription drug abuse as the fastest-growing drug problem among 12-17 year olds.One in five high school students in the U.S. admits to having taken a prescription drug without a prescription.The number of teens going into treatment for addiction to prescription drugs has increased by more than 300%.
Emergency room visits for prescription drug abuse have more than doubled since 2004, and 48% of all ER hospital visits for prescription drug abuse are by young people ages 12-20.
Prescription drugs are now involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine, combined.The National Family Partnership is the largest and oldest drug-prevention group in the United States, and in 1988 developed “Red Ribbon Week” into the annual campaign that now reaches more than 80 million people each year, mobilizing parents, schools and communities. As the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention group, the National Family Partnership is committed to keeping families informed.
It’s a good idea to put away your prescription drug medication and make sure your children’s Grandparents do as well.
For more information go to: http://www.lockyourmeds.org/