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May 2010

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Knowing how to prevent prescription drug abuse is half the battle. Parenting your teen is the other half.

A troubling trend is the recent phenomena known as "pharming," where young people raid medicine cabinets, mix prescription medications, and ingest some or all of them at once especially with alcohol. This is a dangerous practice as teens are unaware of potentially severe drug interactions. NIDA's 2004 Monitoring the Future survey of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th graders found that 5.0 percent of 12th-graders reported abusing OxyContin in the past year, and 9.3 percent reported abusing Vicodin, making Vicodin one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in this population. The practice is very unsafe and illegal. The possession of just a few pills can constitute trafficking, which carries severe penalties in the criminal justice system.

    Signs of Use
  • Disruption in patterns of behavior
  • Difficulty sleeping or staying awake
  • Change in eating habits
  • Disengagement from family
  • New circle of friends
  • Nervousness or paranoia
  • Poor performance at school or at home
    What You Can Do
  • Dispose of unused medication
  • Encourage realistic expectations
  • Talk with your child about the dangers
  • Engage your child in activities that are healthful and fun
  • Approve of chaperoned parties only
  • Monitor internet purchases and activities
  • Monitor financial expenditures

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