Campaign to prevent teen drug use

April 20, 2011 10:22:34 AM PDT
There may be a good reason why you should lock your medicine cabinet, especially if teenagers are in the house.

Statistics show that seventy percent of teens are getting high from drugs that they receive from family and friends.

Drugs are not always shared intentionally, which is the motivation for the Lock Your Meds Campaign.

"My mom's ex boyfriend had them and he left them around the room, so I saw them and took them but I would give my boyfriend some, my family some, my sister some, and get high with them," says Melanie Rosenblum, a former drug user.

The campaign is part of the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse run by Lisbeth Shipley.

"The increase in E.R. visits from overdosing of prescription meds is over three hundred percent what it was in 2006," she says.

As teenagers prepare for their spring break vacation, clothing and their cell phones may not be all that they are taking with them.

It is the ideal time for sharing stolen pills that are easily accessible in medicine cabinets and cupboards.

The most common used drugs among teenagers are painkillers, sleeping pills, and stimulants. The internet provides them with the information that they need to choose the perfect drug for different occasions such as stimulants for test-taking.

Parents should keep an eye on their kid's internet activity, talk to them about drug use and possible side effects, and throw away pills that are not needed or have expired.

Melanie, 19, ended up painting walls at Odyssey House, which is a part of her therapy and retraining after she became addicted to narcotics.

"Kids thirteen, fourteen, and any age can take them, experiment with them, and you don't want to have them end up where I am now," she adds.