I was sent this infographic from the partnership at Drugfree.org for my blog post on the #endmedicineabuse project. I don't own it, nor did I contribute to it. I'm just sharing it here so I can embed it in my blog post.
Getting SmartAbout Teen Medicine Abuse90%of addictionsstart in theteenage years. 1 in 6 teens have used a prescription drug in order to get high or change their mood.Only 6 percent of parentssay they have a child whoabused medicine, however10 percent of teens admitto misusing/abusing medicinesin the past 6 months. Parents TeensTwo-thirds Adults’ perception of where teens areof teens getting Rx drugswho abuse 27% 24% 65%pain relievers say from someone else from schoolthey get them fromfamily members get medicines from home or friendsand friends. Only 3 percent of parents admit giving their child medication not prescribed for them.Yet, 22 percent of teenssay they were given aprescription medicine not meantfor them by their parents. More Americans die from DRUG OVERDOSES than in car crashes and this increasing trend is driven by Rx painkillers.One Opioid pain relievers areperson responsible for moredies overdose deaths thanevery cocaine and heroin combined.19 minutesfrom drug overdosein the United Statesand this increasing trendis driven by Rx painkillers. Share this to help #EndMedicineAbuse. Published by The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Visit MedicineAbuseProject.org for more details.