If you have questions about drug abuse, this site is for you and I try to answer every question personally. Some FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) are listed for your convenience.
How do I know if my child or family member is abusing prescription medication?
What are some of the signs and symptoms I might see or notice if my child is abusing RX drugs?
What can I do to stop access to and abuse of powerful prescription drugs?
Lock your meds! Tell your friends and neighbors to lock theirs! Help your parents lock theirs. Count your pills. Keep track of them. Use small weekly dispensers for maintenance meds you are taking so you have a known quantity out. Dispense your children’s prescribed meds to them as they are prescribed (do not hand the whole bottle of Adderall or Vicodin to you child for them to dispense sell/lose or abuse). Kids are dying at an unthinkable rate: Approximately 7000 people a day die of an OD and over 300,000 ER visits are a result of prescription drug overdoses. (More than auto accidents!). Even those that survive may become paralyzed or helpless after an overdose. This is serious and you are on the front line of protection. Lock your alcohol. Have a Breathalyzer handy and if you drink as a parent, use it on yourself illustrating that you are a responsible drinker and concerned about over consumption. Lock your prescriptions. Keep a drug test sitting on the counter as a deterrent and as an “easy out” for you child to say no to his peers. If your child comes in bouncing off the walls, use it! If it is not alcohol, then it is drugs, so test them now or get them to the ER. I have met far too many parents who decided to let their kids sleep it off only to find them dead in their bed the next day.