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  1. 1. Preventing Teen Abuse of Prescriptions and Over the Counter Medications <br />RaynaBriceno and Yailka Cardenas<br />Health Education and Program Planning<br />
  2. 2. Mission Statement:<br /><ul><li> To educate the community about harmful trends involving teens and the misuse of prescription (Rx) and over the counter (OTC)medications</li></li></ul><li>Goals: <br /><ul><li>To give stakeholders basic knowledge of some of the risk factors involved in teens abusing Rx and OTC medications
  3. 3. To significantly reduce the number of teens aged 13 to 19 who misuse and/or abuse Rx and OTC medications</li></li></ul><li>Objectives: <br />To better understand the trend for Rx and OTC medication abuse among teens <br />To increase the communication parents have with teens aged 13 to 19 about this topic<br />To increase the number of stakeholders involved in this issue<br />To reduce the number of Rx and OTC medications left unattended in reach of teens<br />
  4. 4. Background:<br /><ul><li>For teens, prescription and over the counter medications may have appeal for a number of reasons:
  5. 5. Easily accessible
  6. 6. Perceived as safe when compared with street drugs
  7. 7. Legal, doctor-prescribed and FDA approved
  8. 8. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, teens are abusing Rx and OTC drugs because of their belief in their safety and for reasons beyond getting high, such as:
  9. 9. Relief of pain
  10. 10. Aid with sleep
  11. 11. Experimentation
  12. 12. Helps with concentration
  13. 13. To increase alertness</li></li></ul><li>Significance:<br /><ul><li>According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, millions of teens report abusing a variety of prescription and over the counter medications, such as painkillers, stimulants and cough suppressants
  14. 14. Teens abuse medications in a number of ways:</li></ul>Swallow the pills or drink liquids, such as cough syrup<br />Crush pills before snorting or smoking the powder <br />Melt or dissolve the medications and inject them<br />Mix prescription drugs with alcohol and street drugs into cocktails<br />
  15. 15. Statistics <br />Monitoring the Future survey (on Prescription Drugs)<br />Prescription Drug abuse increased from 2.8% of High School students to 7.8% <br />National Survey on Drug Use and Health <br />In 2002, 4.7 used prescription drugs non-medically<br />In 2003, 4.0% youth ages 12-17yrs and 6.0% young adults ages 18-25 reported nonmedical use of prescription drugs. <br />
  16. 16. Statistics Cont’d<br />Nearly 1 in 5 teens reported abusing prescription medications that were not written out to them at least once<br />30% of adolescents reported having a friend abusing prescription stimulants<br />In 2004, 9% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 used prescription drugs <br />
  17. 17. Influences on Prescription Drug Use<br />Peer group approval <br />Teens are under the impression their prescription drug use is responsible<br />Teen perception that prescription drugs are safer than illicit street drugs<br />Advertisements for prescription drugs has increased significantly.<br />$1.8 billion (1999) to $4.2 billion (2004) on prescription drug ads <br />
  18. 18. Who’s supplying prescription drugs?<br />Peers with illnesses<br />Parents’ medicine cabinets <br />Physicians <br />43% do not ask patients about prescription drug abuse<br />1/3 do not refer to patient records for drug abuse<br />
  19. 19. Professions concerned about this issue..<br />People involved:<br />Parents<br />Teachers<br />SchoolAdministrators<br />Coaches<br />Counselors<br />Pharmacists<br />Pediatricians<br />Adolescent Medicine Providers<br />Emergency Room Providers<br />Club Owners<br />Organizations involved:<br />Office of National Drug Control<br />National Institute on Drug Abuse<br />The Partnership for a Drug-Free America <br />CDC<br />DPH<br />American Association of Position Control Center (AAPCC)<br />
  20. 20. How to get parents involved ?<br />Begin by educating yourself:<br />Educate yourself about medications that kids are abusing and share this information with others who are in contact with your children- such as school administrators, coaches, counselors, etc<br />Communicate with your children<br />Discuss the subject with your teens<br />See what your kids know about this issue<br />Explain to them this can be LETHAL and shouldn’t be done without parents knowing<br />
  21. 21. Safe guard medications at home and other places<br />Ask your healthcare provider if any meds being prescribed for your family have a potential for abuse<br />Take an inventory of Rx and OTC meds in your home<br />
  22. 22. What are we doing about it?<br />National All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER)<br />$60 million from 2006-2010 for federal grants to establish and support prescription drug monitoring programs<br />State and Local agencies are making public efforts to educate authorities, physicians, pharmacists, patients, and families about the effects of prescription drug abuse. <br />
  23. 23. What are we doing about it? Cont’d<br />Takeback Initiative program<br />The Drug Enforcement Administration and Law Enforcement work together to establish programs that take back old and/or unused prescription drugs<br />WIVBTV: Prescription drop-off to fight abuse<br /><br />
  24. 24. Challenges<br />Families and Communities taking the Lead<br />Physicians getting the training<br />Monitoring every prescription drug abuser. <br />
  25. 25. Questions: <br />What obstacles do you think parents will face when addressing this issue with their children? <br />How do you think a discussion regarding this topic would be different between a physician and a community health worker versus a parent and his/her child?<br />
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