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The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America) has found that “misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is now a normalized behavior among teens.”
Besides safely disposing of unwanted or unneeded medications, one easy way to prevent abuse is to keep your prescription medication hidden.
Family members whose homes teens visit should keep prescription medications safely out of teens’ reach, rather than in the medicine cabinet. If possible, lock them up in a cabinet or safe box.
Be mindful of the over-the-counter medicines in your home, too. Stay aware of the medicine in your medicine cabinet, and ask questions if you notice that any of them are used often or disappear.