Drug Prevention Information & Resources
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Page County Commonwealth Attorney's Office
& Victim Witness Program
116 South Court Street, Suite D, Luray, Virginia 22835
Top Ten Tips for Youth Drug Prevention:
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Say No: Sometimes, our fear of negative reaction from our friends, or others
we don’t even know, keeps us from doing what we know is right. Real simple, it may seem like
“everyone is doing it,” but they are not. Don’t let someone else make your decisions for you. If someone is pressuring you to do something that's not right for you, you have the right to say no, the right not to give a reason why, and the right to just walk away.
2. Connect With Your Friends and Avoid Negative Peer Pressure: Pay attention to who you are hanging out with. If you are hanging out with a group in which the majority of kids are drinking alcohol or using drugs to get high, you may want to think about making some new friends. You may be headed toward an alcohol and drug problem if you continue to hang around others who routinely drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, abuse prescription drugs or use illegal drugs. You don't have to go along to get along.
3. Make Connections With Your Parents or Other Adults: As you grow up, having people you can rely on, people you can talk to about life, life’s challenges and your decisions about alcohol and drugs is very important. The opportunity to benefit from someone else’s life experiences can help put things in perspective and can be invaluable.
4. Enjoy Life and Do What You Love - Don’t Add Alcohol and Drugs: Learn how to enjoy life and the people in your life, without adding alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs can change who you are, limit your potential and complicate your life. Too often, “I’m bored” is just an excuse. Get out and get active in school and community activities such as music, sports, arts or a part-time job. Giving back as a volunteer is a great way to gain perspective on life.
5. Follow the Family Rules About Alcohol and Drugs: As you grow up and want to assume more control over your life, having the trust and respect of your parents is very important. Don’t let alcohol and drugs come between your and your parents. Talking with mom and dad about alcohol and drugs can be very helpful.
6. Get Educated About Alcohol and Drugs: You cannot rely on the myths and misconceptions that are out there floating around among your friends and on the Internet. Your ability to make the right decisions includes getting educated. Visit Learn About Alcohol and Learn About Drugs. And, as you learn, share what you are learning with your friends and your family.
7. Be a Role Model and Set a Positive Example: Don’t forget, what you do is more important than what you say! You are setting the foundation and direction for your life; where are you headed?
8. Plan Ahead: As you make plans for the party or going out with friends you need to plan ahead. You need to protect yourself and be smart. Don’t become a victim of someone else’s alcohol or drug use. Make sure that there is someone you can call, day or night, no matter what, if you need them. And, do the same for your friends.
9. Speak Out/Speak Up/Take Control: Take responsibility for your life, your health and your safety. Speak up about what alcohol and drugs are doing to your friends, your community and encourage others to do the same.
10. Get Help!: If you or someone you know is in trouble with alcohol or drugs, (What to Look For), get help. Don’t wait. You are not alone.
*Provided by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Prescription Drug Abuse
WHAT IS PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE?
The use of prescription medication to create an altered state, to get high, or for reasons—or by people—other than those intended by the prescribing doctor.
WHY ARE PEOPLE DOING THIS?
For a variety of reasons. To party and get high, in some cases, but also to manage‖ or regulate‖ their lives. They’re abusing some stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall to give them additional energy and ability to focus when they’re studying or taking tests. They’re abusing pain relievers like OxyContin and tranquilizers such as Xanax to cope with academic, social or emotional stress. They’re abusing prescription amphetamines to lose weight, or prescription steroids to bulk up.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
There are both acute (immediate) and longer term risks. In the short term, overdosing (especially on prescription pain relievers) can be fatal, as can mixing prescription drugs with over-the-counter medication and/or alcohol. In the longer term, prescription opioids (pain relievers) and other prescription medicines are potentially addictive.
WHERE ARE PEOPLE GETTING THESE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS?
The vast majority of teens abusing prescription drugs are getting them from the medicine cabinets of friends, family and acquaintances. Some traffic among themselves – handing out or selling ―extra‖ pills of their own, or pills they’ve acquired or stolen from classmates. A very small minority of people say they get their prescription drugs illicitly from doctors, pharmacists or over the Internet.
HOW MANY TEENS ARE DOING THIS?
According to research conducted by The Partnership at Drugfree.org (as well as other reputable national studies) as many as one in five teens say they have taken a prescription drug without having a prescription for it themselves. This behavior cuts across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries.
Coming to rely at a young age on prescription medicine (or any drug) to manage your life risks establishing a learned, lifelong pattern of dependency and limitation and prevents learning coping skills.
ARE PARENTS EDUCATING THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT THE RISKS OF THIS BEHAVIOR?
Research conducted by The Partnership at Drugfree.org shows that parents are not communicating the risks of prescription drug abuse to their children as often as they talk about illegal drugs. This is partly because some parents are unaware of the behavior (it wasn’t as prevalent when they were teenagers), and partly because those who are aware of teen abuse of medicine tend to underestimate the risks just as teens do. Finally, a recent study by The Partnership at Drugfree.org showed that 28% of parents have themselves taken a prescription drug without having a prescription for it themselves. This is not necessarily abuse, but it sets a dangerous example for kids – that the recommended dosage of prescriptions need not be strictly followed.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
1. Educate yourselves
There are lots of support, tools, resources and answers in the links below.
2. Communicate the risks of prescription drug abuse to your kids.
Children who learn a lot about the risks of drugs are up to 50% less likely to use drugs.
3. Safeguard your own medicines.
Keep prescription medicine in a secure place, count and monitor the number of pills you have. Safeguard the medicines of elderly relatives.
If you or a family member has a drug dependency, please seek help before it leads to criminal charges,
health risks, or death. Below are some resources discussing drugs.
Drug Fact Sheets
Resource sheet with details about various different drugs and their effects
Drug Facts and Fiction
Drug Free World
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Top 10 drugs and their Effects
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