Red Alert: A Danger in Your Medicine Cabinet

A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH, Inc.) is excited to invite you to join us for our 10th annual American Teens in Crisis conference. This year's conference will focus on Teens Under Stress and is designed to inform and equip leaders, parents, youth-workers and community members regarding the many stressors facing young people today. Stress in teenagers is just as prevalent as in adults. Teenagers experience strong feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed and more. Inadequately managed stress can lead to anxiety, withdrawal, aggression, physical illness or poor coping skills such as drug and alcohol use.

The years as a teenager are a high-risk time for depression.

This year's conference will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 7:30 am- 4:30 pm. Find Our More...

A Danger in Your Medicine Cabinet
Did you realize you might have prescription medication around your house that could be an issue of addiction and danger for your teen?!

1 in 5 teens has abused prescription pain relievers in their lifetime.

Why are teens doing this?
Where are teens getting prescription medicine?
What are the risks?

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Why are Teens doing this?

12 Reasons Teens Use Prescription Drugs

  • 62%: Easy to get from parent's medicine cabinets
  • 52%: Available everywhere
  • 51%: They are not illegal drugs
  • 50%: Easy to get through other people's prescriptions
  • 49%: Can claim to have prescription if caught
  • 43%: They are cheap
  • 35%: Safer to use than illegal drugs
  • 33%: Less shame attached to using
  • 32%: Easy to purchase over the internet
  • 32%: Fewer side effects than street drugs
  • 25%: Can be used as study aids
  • 21%: Parents don't care as much if caught

Where are teens getting prescription medicine?

65 percent of teens are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances.

Some teens share Rx medicines among themselves handing out or selling their own pills or those they've acquired or stolen from classmates."


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What are the risks?

The are several obvious risks which have short and long-term effects. Some of these include: dependency, addiction, overdosing and mixing Rx medicine with over-the counter medicine and/or alcohol. Read More...