Think about what is in your medicine cabinet. I’m sure there is something in there that would be appealing to the age group ready to try drugs or a child who already has. Cold medicine with alcohol? Pain pills from that surgery a year ago? Antidepressants? Sleeping pills? Move stuff around and you’d probably be surprised by what you find.
And don’t think crafty kids aren’t above going through their grandparents cabinet, aunts or uncles cabinet, or the cabinet of their BFF’s parents.
What do they do with these drugs? Besides taking them straight on, I’ve heard of pill parties. Everyone dumps their pills into a huge bowl and they take handfuls and wash them down with alcohol. Others might say pill parties are an urban legend, but really, who wants to take that chance?
Here are some disturbing facts from NJ Family magazine:
- 2.1 million teens abused prescription drugs in 2006.
- 3.1 million 12- to 25-year-olds used OTC cough and cold medications at least once to get high.
- Prescription drugs are the #1 choice among 12- to 13-year-olds.
- One-third of all new abusers of prescription drugs in 2006 were 12- to 17-year-olds.
- 13 is the mean age of the first non-prescribed use of sedatives and stimulants.
- One in 7 boys and one in five girls has shared or borrowed a prescription drug.
- Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors admit abusing pain relievers.
- Girls age 12 to 17 are more likely than boys to misuse OTC medications, but the trend reverses with 18- to 25-year-olds.