The local ASAPP's Promise group and law enforcement last week released the organization's new 10-minute video warning the public about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs.
More than 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Each day, about 2,500 teens use prescription medicines for the first time, according to ASAPP's Promise. In Fulton County, a 2008 survey found 10 percent of high school seniors misuse prescription drugs regularly, the group says.
ASAPP's Promise is providing a valuable community service in raising awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
It's important for parents to take an active role in trying to prevent their children from accessing and using prescription drugs.
The AntiDrug.com, sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, offers these suggestions for limiting access and helping to keep teens drug-free:
Safeguard all drugs at home.
Set clear rules for teens about all drug use, including not sharing medicine and always following the medical provider's advice and dosages.
Be a good role model by following these same rules with your own medicines.
Properly conceal and dispose of old or unneeded medicines in the trash.
Ask friends and family to safeguard their prescription drugs as well.
Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem. It cannot be ignored.