Millennials and Their Parents Hit Hardest By Opioid Crisis

Recently, Columbia University discovered that Millennials and Baby Boomers appear to be the age groups hardest hit by the opioid crisis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), over 2 million Americans were abusing opioids in 2015, including heroin and prescription opioids, such as painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone) and codeine. Continue reading “Millennials and Their Parents Hit Hardest By Opioid Crisis” »

Prevent Teen Drug Abuse With Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

We have written much about the prescription drug epidemic facing our nation as well as our local community. Both Missouri and Kansas are affected by the misuse of prescription medications, and though some lawmakers are striving to make changes to combat abuse, the road has been difficult.

As an individual, it might be hard for you to see your place in the fight against prescription drug abuse. One thing you can do involves properly disposing of your prescription medication.

Since 62% of all teens say that they abuse prescription drugs because of easy access to medications in their home, it’s clear that parents need to know how to safely clear the medicine cabinet.

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Why Teens Turn to Drug Abuse

It’ s easy for parents to grow frustrated and blame themselves when it comes to teen drug abuse. As a guardian for your child, you are tasked with teaching them what’s healthy and what’s harmful.

Of course, any parent of a teen knows that rebellion happens — and even if you’ve done your best to educate your kids on the dangers of drugs, they still might experiment. Experimentation can spiral out of control into drug abuse.

Why are today’s teens so at-risk for drug abuse? We’re exploring some factors that contribute to substance use among this generation.

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Parents, Do You Know How to Dispose of Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise nationwide, and many communities, public health officials, and parents are expressing concern over the increase.

As a parent, it’s your job to monitor your child to make sure that they’re not turning to prescription drug abuse to get high. One of the best ways you can do this is by properly disposing of your prescription drugs.

Here’s the how-to on getting rid of your outdated or unwanted medications in a safe way.

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