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Talk to Your Teen About Drug Abuse

Each day our teens are faced with challenging obstacles. One of the major challenges most teens face is that of peer pressure. Peer pressure is a strong force and is defined by social pressure by the influence of a peer group with expectations of conformity.

Peer pressure can be a dangerous influence, especially when considering the use of drugs. Many believe that the use of drugs happens on the streets or at another troubled individual’s home; overlooking the fact that the use of over the counter drugs can take place in the comfort of your own home.

Check Your Medicine Cabinet

One of the first things parents can do to be proactive in this type of situation is to go through the medicine cabinet. You’re probably use to reverting to the medicine cabinet that is full of unused band aids, cold medicine, and the occasional headache medication; however, there could be medications in this cabinet that could trigger someone under peer pressure to experiment the effects of abusing their intent. For instance, many teens experiment with abusing cold medicine and the effects can be harmful.

The best approach to ensure that the medicine cabinet is safe is to rummage through the collection and verify what you think could be harmful. Another good tip would be to toss expired medication as well as this is recommended for safety.

Monitor Your Medicine

Many families have someone in the household that requires a prescription drug for their condition. According to drugabuse.gov, 6.8 % of 12th graders in 2015 were reported to have abused the prescription, Adderall. It is one of the many medications that teens will abuse. Due to the mind-altering side effects, some teens will take a higher dosage of prescription and over the counter drugs than what a doctor would have prescribed.

To ensure that the medication is going to the patient in which it was prescribed, make sure to monitor the patient’s intake on a daily basis and that their prescription isn’t being abused by taking more than what the doctor prescribed or selling the drugs to make money.

Talk It Out

Both examples take a strategic approach, however the best way to enforce a no drug abuse policy is to have a talk with your teen. Talking to your teen about peer pressure and drugs can prevent them from experimenting, especially if their network of friends is participating. It is important to always keep an open line of communication to understand what your teen might be going through to develop health habits instead of destructive ones.

Drug abuse can be deadly. Taking preventative measures by talking to you child and keeping track can be the difference in your teen giving into peer pressure.

 

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