Medicine Abuse Prevention

Recent studies among middle and high school aged kids across the country show a disturbing form of substance abuse among teens: the intentional abuse of otherwise beneficial medications, both prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC), to get high.

Teens who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent less likely to use drugs. So we ask you to take action, talk to your children and teens today about the risks of medicine abuse and overdose. We also ask that you safely dispose of your medicine through our Medicine Take Back Program.


Take Action Today!

It can’t be overstated: Parents do have the power to keep their kids drug-free. Include cough medicine abuse in your drug-abuse conversations with your kids. Make sure they understand you do not approve of any sort of substance abuse behavior and that they understand the risks of medicine abuse.

Parents and grandparents, you can play a powerful role in preventing your teen from abusing medicine. Learn more about prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine abuse with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids fact sheets and guides. Find out ways to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol and how to safeguard and dispose of your medicine. Help spread the word in Hastings and throughout Barry County with pass-along cards and posters.