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November 5, 2008

Tips to Help - Week 2

Nov. 5, 2008 — ENOUGH and the Carter County Drug Task Force is offering some information and Tips To Help along with Partnership For A Drug Free America. Pastor Jim Varney who serves as president of ENOUGH says that prevention and awareness education are the most needed tools we can offer. Therefore, those who are laboring faithfully for a Drug Free Carter County have agreed to offer Tips For Help over the next few weeks. Information will be taken from an organization called Parents the Anti-Drug. You can access this resource by visiting their website (ParentingTips@TheAntiDrug.com). In addition Pastor Varney is willing to come to churches, clubs, or any interested group and offer “How to Drug Proof Your Kids” as a seminar. The march on September 30,2007 continues.

Get the Facts: Shocking Stats

According to the Partnership’s annual research, 20% of teenagers have abused prescription pain relievers. Prescription medication and over-the-counter medicine abuse by teens and young adults is a serious problem in the United States; in addition to the numbers above,

• 1 in 10 teens report abusing prescription stimulants

• 1 in 10 teens has abused cough medicine

Prescription drugs fall into three main categories: Pain Relievers, Sedatives & Tranquilizers, and Stimulants (for more on Stimulants please see below.) Many teens think these drugs are safe because they have legitimate uses, but taking them without a prescription to get high or “self-medicate” can be as dangerous – and addictive – as using street narcotics and other illicit drugs.

Tips for Parents: Educate yourself about medications kids are abusing. Discuss the subject with your teenagers. Safeguard medications at home and other places.

Learn more from our Special Drug Report on Prescription Drug and Not In My House. For more on cough medicine abuse, visit our What Every Parent Needs to Know About Cough Medicine Abuse.

Spotlight On: Prescription Stimulants

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