What Parents Need To Know About The Misuse Of Prescription Drugs

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies from a drug overdose every 19 minutes. About 37,000 Americans died after accidentally overdosing on legal or illegal drugs in 2009, according to the CDC; about half of those deaths involved prescription painkillers.

Whether prescription drugs are obtained through the black market or a forgotten corner of your medicine cabinet, if they have not been prescribed by a doctor, the risks in usage are serious and can even be fatal. This news story is just one example of misuse of prescription drugs like OxyContin, and the impact on not only the user, but family members and friends.

What Will Your Kids Find In Your Cupboards?

Boys More Prone to OTC Drug Abuse Than Girls, Study Suggests
Health Day, October 31, 2012

Early analysis of a recent survey of Cincinnati teens showed that 10 percent of students said they abused over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrups and decongestants. This type of drug abuse can result in accidental poisoning, seizures and physical and mental addictions, the study authors pointed out in a university news release.

High rates of over-the-counter drug abuse were found among male and female junior high school students. However, boys had a higher risk of longtime use of over-the-counter drugs compared with girls, the investigators found. Read more…

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