Experts stress the need to educate children to the dangers of drug addiction. Learn how…
Educate yourself and your children
Experts stress the need to educate children to the dangers of drug addiction. Talk to your children about the medication they are given, especially if it is an injury that happened while playing sports or for the removal of wisdom teeth. Let them know that if not used properly, these medications can cause a young person to become addicted. Your teenager may not be aware of the link between prescription drugs and heroin addiction. Reach out to your children before they begin to experiment.
How to talk to your kids
Drugfree.org has a Parent Toolkit.
Know the lingo/ Talk the talk
Do you and your children speak the same language? Check out the following sites to make sure you understand the casual references you may hear:
Get Smart about Drugs
Is it a drug? This Drug Enforcement Agency site shows you photos of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
DEA’s resource for parents and educators.
Prescription Drug Takeback Program
The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, has been working with local communities to install prescription drug drop-boxes. To date, 352 secure and permanent drug drop-boxes have been placed in police stations throughout Pennsylvania. Find one here.
The DEA Office of Diversion Control, also provides information on authorized locations for prescription drug disposal. Search here for a location near you.
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