Back to School at FamilyEducation.com
Home > Teens > Teen Health and Safety > Drugs and Alcohol > Teens and Drug Abuse: Rx and OTC Medications
|

Teens and Drug Abuse: Rx and OTC Medications

Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership, says that the strong declines in illegal use, combined with the news that teens are learning a lot about drugs and alcohol at home, underscore the power and influence of parents. He stresses that this type of risky behavior should be a big concern to parents, and they shouldn't miss an opportunity to discuss it with their kids.

The first step is to realize where there is potential for abuse. Although many prescription medications can be abused, the following three classes are most common:

  • Opioids--usually prescribed to treat pain.
  • CNS Depressants--used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.
  • Stimulants--prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides information about the dangers of abusing these drugs.

    Another troubling sign noted by Partnership surveys is a significant change in teen motivation for drug use over the past ten years: Teens are using drugs more to relieve stress than to have fun. Three out of four teens (73 percent) reported that the number one reason for using drugs is to cope with school pressure. In the PATS 2007 Parent Report, only 7 percent of parents believed that teens might use drugs to deal with stress, clearly underestimating stress as a factor on their teens' decision to use drugs.



    |


    September 1, 2014



    Don't forget to hydrate! Forego sugary juices and sodas and pack a bottle of water in your child's lunch. If your child likes a little more flavor, spice it up with lemon, lime, cucumbers, or fresh fruit.


    stay connected

    Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

    Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

    Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

    editor’s picks

    get ready for school!

    We’ve got your
    shopping list,
    lunch menu,
    and more.

    GO

    highlights

    Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

    14 Back-to-School Fashion Trends for 2014
    Send your kids back to school looking sharp! Check out 2014's hottest back-to-school fashion trends, from clothes to shoes and accessories.

    Put a Stop to Bedtime Struggles
    Steer clear of tears at bedtime with these helpful bedtime tips and this printable bedtime routine checklist for kids.

    Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
    Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!