Empty your medicine cabinet of unused, unnecessary or expired prescription medication immediately. You can do so by dropping off your unused, unwanted medications at the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department 7 days a week 24/7. Participants can drop off prescription drugs with no questions asked. The box is located in the general public entry way to the Tribal Police Department.
Would You Know if Your Child Was Addicted to Prescription Drugs?
While illegal drug use among teens is falling, teen prescription drug abuse is on the rise. One in five teens has abused a prescription pain medication.
Prescription drugs are easier for kids to get than illicit drugs, with ½ mostly from their parents' medicine cabinets, but also from friends' homes, internet pharmacies or classmates. Some signs that your child might be abusing include:
- personality changes
- social withdrawal
- a change in appearance
- erratic behavior
What Parents Can Do
- Monitor your medicine cabinets. Count how many pills you have and make note of the date when you should expect to refill your prescriptions. Be aware that kids may obtain these drugs from medicine cabinets while visiting friends or family. Restrict the availability of these substances within your home.
- Talk with your child about drug use. Help him or her understand that misused prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs. When used in combination with other substances, such as alcohol, prescription drug use can be fatal.
- Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
- According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 8.7 million 12 to 17-year olds can get prescription drugs within a day, 4.7 million can get them within an hour.
- New study indicates a 400 % increase in substance abuse treatment admissions for prescription pain relievers.
Reference: Director of National drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske
For more information Operation Medicine Cabinet or Substance Abuse Presentations please contact:
Michael Reyes, Substance Abuse Prevention Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty Bittner, Meth Project Coordinator, email@example.com
Leech Lake Tribal Police Department at (218) 335-8277