This week is National Prevention Week and today’s focus is preventing prescription drug abuse.
Among NE Seattle teenagers, the abuse of prescription drugs has steadily increased over the past six years. While the Prevention WINS Coalition is currently conducting a community assessment to determine what local conditions are contributing to this rise in abuse, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that “multiple factors are likely at work:
Individuals and organizations have roles to play in addressing these factors. Everyone can:
- Educate their students, clients, co-workers, friends, neighbors, and families about the harms that are associated with the mis-use of medicines.
- Dispose of unused medications either at a Group Health or participating Bartell pharmacy. Some other pharmacies sell medicine return envelopes and the Drug Enforcement Administration hosts semi-annual medicine take-back days.
- Recognize and address anxiety, pain, and sleep problems that teenagers may be facing.