Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director of the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP), recently penned a blog for the Huffington Post in which she highlighted how the recent death of the musical star Prince, seemingly from opioid use, is a stark reminder of the ever-present dangers of the potential for prescription drug abuse. This danger is increasingly a concern, especially among teenagers.
In the blog, Clifton wrote: “Most parents are unaware of both how common prescription medicine abuse has become in high schools across America, and how easy it is for young people to acquire pills in their own homes and classrooms. Prescription medicines are now the most commonly abused drugs among 12 to 13 year olds. And, medications like Adderall, a commonly prescribed ADHD medication, are being sold peer-to-peer in academically competitive settings as a ‘normal’ way for kids to focus and stay awake for long study hours.”
Clifton suggested five important steps parents and other adults can take to help educate about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.