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Resources Focus: Prescription Pill Abuse

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A Guide to Keeping Your Teenager Safe in a Changing World
Explains to parents the dangers of teenagers abusing prescription drugs (e.g., painkillers, stimulants, sedatives) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs (e.g., cough syrup). Includes warning signs that your child may be using prescription or OTC drugs to get high.

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know
Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it's important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others.

Guide to Avoiding Prescription Drug Abuse by Students (for Educators)
Quick resource for educators on preventing prescription medication abuse among students.

Guide to Avoiding Prescription Drug Theft (for Funeral Directors)
There is a potential for medications to be stolen from a home when family members are at their loved one's wake and funeral. Funeral directors can implement best practices and provide medication safety recommendations to families to reduce the availability of prescription medications and prevent misuse and abuse.

Guide to Avoiding Prescription Drug Theft (for Realtors)
There is a potential for medications to be stolen from home sellers during home showings, open houses and moving days. Realtors can implement best practices and provide medication safety recommendations to the home owner to decrease the availability of prescription medications and help prevent abuse.

Medication Resource Guide
Information and statistics related to youth prescription drug abuse. Includes commonly abused drugs and information about teen drug abuse. 

Medicine Abuse Project
An action campaign run by the Partnership for Drug Free Kids to end prescription drug abuse. Includes resources for those who are concerned about a loved-one and their potential prescription drug addiction. 

Operation Prevention
Operation Prevention is an initiative brought by the DEA and Discovery Education to educate middle and high school students about the true impacts of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use.

Prescription Drug Abuse Information & Statistics
Background information and a variety of resources related to prescription drugs.

Protect Your Kids: 3 Steps to Safeguard Your Home
Two-thirds of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the teens in your life don't have access to your medicine. Find out how to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine in your home.

Rx Teen Fact Sheet
A one-page resource for parents.

Substance Abuse Screening
These assessments provide stats, recommended actions, and resources for help based on the individual's answer to the questions provided. These are great guidelines to determining whether or not someone is struggling with addiction.