Tips for Parents

Tips for Parents

Most Abused Prescription Drugs
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet) ………..….. $6-$8
  • Oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan, Tylox) …..……… $6-$8
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)……………………………………….....….$3.00
  • Methadone……………………………………………………..........$10 - $40 per dose
  • Oxymorphone (Opana/Opana-ER)………………...……$40 plus
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin-Adderall-Concerta)…....$10 - $12.

LIMIT ACCESS to Prescription Drugs
  • Work places/offices/desks………………………Use a lockbox
  • Home……………………………………………….....………Empty medicine cabinets/use lockboxes
  • Place parental blocks on computer access to pharmacies
  • Dispose of prescriptions at local police station and promote drug drop-offs
  • Push for legislation to require reporting of doctor shopping!
  • Realtors: tell your clients to empty out medicine cabinets when showing their home!

Parents are encouraged to:
  • Don’t simply ask your kid if they are using drugs or smoking pot or drinking, DRUG TEST them if you are uncertain. You have the right! Don’t spend days and nights stressed and worrying and not knowing, searching their rooms, pockets and reading messages on social media. TEST THEM
  • Computer monitoring. Block certain sites
  • Get yourself educated. Learn and be prepared, know warning signs, prevention, and have resources ready.
  • Do not pretend it won’t happen. As sure as you think your family is above drugs, you’ll be living it.
  • BE IN THEIR BUSINESS, if they are in your home, you are entitled. They think they are entitled but actually parents are entitled.  
  • If in doubt, reach out to someone. Hiding your concerns, fears, or blocking out reality gives them more time to get in deeper.  

Facts
  • 1 in 20 people in the US ages 12 and older reported using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons 
  • 1 for every 3 high school students use someone else’s prescription drugs and see nothing wrong it.
  • Heroin use is beginning younger, easily accessible
  • Heroin can be smoked, snorted or injected
  • Injection poses the greatest risk for overdose 
  • Smoking and snorting can cause overdose too especially if other depressant drugs such as alcohol have been ingested.
  • Naloxone is a prescription antidote that everyone should have if you know a user
  • Using needles causes infectious disease like HIV, HEP B HEP C, and others that may be serious or even life threatening, including endocarditis, embolism or blood clot, botulism, tetanus, and flesh-eating bacteria. Finally, injecting may cause abscesses (a painful skin inflammation) that, in turn, may result in blood poisoning.
  • Methadone is an opiate agonist that has a series of actions similar to those of heroin and other medications derived from the opium poppy.

Resources:
Inciardi, James A. and Lana D. Harrison, eds. 1998. Heroin in the Age of Crack-Cocaine. In Drugs, Health, and Social Policy Series 6. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.

Institute of Medicine. Treating Drug Problems, vol. 1: A Study of the Evolution, Effectiveness, and Financing of Public and Private Drug Treatment Systems. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1990:187.

Marlowe, Ann. 1999. How to Stop Time: Heroin from A to Z. New York: Anchor Books. ISBN: 038572016

About Methadone and Buprenorphine. Drug Policy Alliance. New York, 2006. Edition: 2nd.

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