PRECRIPTION MED ABUSE
ANCHOR LEAD: FEDERAL DATA REVEAL MANY HIGH SCHOOLERS ARE ABUSING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
One in five American teenagers has used a prescription drug to get high, a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey found. Michael Crocetti, chair of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview, says parents need to be aware and get involved.
CROCETTI: It is natural for preteens and teenagers to think about or begin to take risks for certain things. Know your child, know that these risks are out there. My big recommendation is always to talk through things even if you don’t think your teenager is listening. If you are concerned tell them about it. If they seem disinterested don’t let them fool you because they are hearing you. I think the worst thing to do is to just ignore it, it won’t be my child who’ll be the one to use prescription medications or illegal drugs. :29
Crocetti says parents also need to take a look at prescription drugs in their own medicine cabinets and either keep them locked up or dispose of them if they’re no longer needed. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.