Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Drug Education and Prevention for your Teen | Morningside Recovery

We've talked a lot about prescription drugs and kids lately. Have you heard the commercial with the medicine cabinet talking to you? Telling you your kids are abusing your prescription drugs? It would be nice to have a medicine cabinet that "tells" on the kids...NSA not-with-standing. But every parent should know the basics about drug education and abuse--that is why this is a good primer article for arming yourself with the facts. Morningside did a good job.

Drug Education and Prevention for your Teen | Morningside Recovery: "Drugs come in many forms; they can be prescribed by a physician, purchased over-the-counter, or found in common household products. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as cough syrup and diet pills are often considered harmless by teenagers. They are also increasingly popular to abuse, as they are readily available and they are relatively low-cost. Other common types of drugs include prescription pain killers, inhalants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and depressants. Although it is often discussed in a category of its own, alcohol is also a type of drug and is classified as a depressant. Tobacco, which contains the drug nicotine, and marijuana, are some of the first drugs that a teenager may use as they may also see them as harmless. Club drugs, which are drugs that are typically used at parties or in clubs, are also common types of drugs. These may include Ecstasy, methamphetamine, and Rohypnol (a.k.a the date-rape drug.)"

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