Be Part of the Solution – A Parent’s ToolKit for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Be a part of the solution. Parents have a strong influence in shaping the attitudes and understanding kids have of prescription drug abuse.

 

Be a positive role model! Help your child or teen avoid prescription drug misuse.

  • Talk about medication misuse with your children

    • Know the facts about drug abuse
    • Kids that learn about drug risks from their parents are nearly 50% less likely to use drugs than other kids
    • Don’t just talk; let them ask questions in a 2-way dialogue

     

  • Be involved in your child’s day-to-day activities and lives

     

WARNING SIGNS

Signs and Symptoms of Abuse

  • Fatigue, red or glazed eyes, and repeated health complaints

  • Sudden mood changes, including irritability, negative attitude, personality changes, disrupted sleeping or eating patterns

  • Secretiveness and withdrawing from family

  • Hanging out with a different crowd

  • Less interest in school and hobbies

  • Missing prescription medicines from your medicine cabinet

Signs and Symptoms of Overdose

  • Dilated pupils

  • Unsteady walking

  • Chest pain

  • Severe difficulty breathing, shallow breathing, or complete cessation of breath

  • Gurgling sounds that indicate the person’s airway is blocked

  • Blue lips or fingers

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Abnormally high body temperature

  • Violent or aggressive behavior

  • Disorientation or confusion

  • Paranoia

  • Agitation

  • Convulsions or tremors

  • Seizures

  • Unresponsiveness

  • Unconsciousness

     

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