Prescription drug misuse has become an epidemic in our society and while very few of Holly students have reported misusing prescription drugs, every day 2,000 teens in the United States try prescription drugs to get high for the first time (Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids). The number one place teens get medications, that are not prescribed to them, is a medicine cabinet. Below are some resources on the dangers of prescription drug misuse and ways that you can help be the solution.
Alliance of Coalitions Be the Solution Toolkit on the risks, signs and what you can do to help prevent prescription drug abuse: http://achcmi.org/achc-resources/do-your-part/
DrugFree.org- Why abuse is happening: The what is happening and why with prescription drug abuse. https://drugfree.org/article/medicine-abuse-whats-happening-why/.
DrugAbuse.com-Signs and symptoms: Drug abuse affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Abuse of most substances will produce noticeable signs and symptoms. These may include physical or behavioral symptoms, most likely both.
Drug Free.org-Secure and dispose of medications properly: Some tips on keeping medications safe and how to dispose of them safely. The Holly Coalition has worked with The Holly Police Department to have a drop off site for any expired or unused medications. The Holly Coalition also has deterra bags to help dispose of medications safely and lock boxes to help keep medications safely secured.