August 28, 2007 —
The Washington Times ran an editorial last week about teen abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicines and they hit the nail right on the head:
Many teens are mistaken about the risks of abusing prescription drugs. Forty percent of them believe doing this is "much safer" than using illegal street drugs, while nearly one-third say there's "nothing wrong" with using prescription drugs without physician approval. Fifty-five percent of teens strongly disagree that it is risky to get high off of cough medicine.
This trend is troubling. Parents should carefully monitor their prescription drugs, throw away unused portions and engage in open dialogue with their teens. It's much more important than any back-to-school sale on notebooks or pencils.