Adolescents and young adults misuse prescription medications, namely opioids, more than other age groups. They’re also at the highest risk for overdose. There are three important steps parents can take to prevent their teen from misusing prescription drugs and reduce the chances of developing an addiction disorder later in life and lessen the probability of an accidental overdose.
1. Proper Medication Storage and Disposal
It’s imperative for parents to lock up medications in the home and keep of track inventory and properly dispose of unused pills.
2. Talk with your Teen’s Doctor
If your doctor prescribes your teen a prescription opioid, monitor use for proper dosage and talk to your doctor about the risk of addiction, proper use, time allotted for use, and about possible medication alternatives that aren’t addictive.
3. Engage Teens in Honest Conversations
Parents should talk to their teens about the dangers of opioid abuse and how to avoid it. Teens often think that medications are safe because they are legally prescribed by a doctor, however, taking someone else’s medications can have serious consequences.
Early intervention is an effective way to prevent addiction. The opioid crisis is multifaceted and involves the collective effort of parents, doctors, schools, drug prevention programs, public officials and community. If everyone works together, we can reduce this epidemic.
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