We wish to thank the Westorshore Enforcement Bureau for supplying these photos
What are the causes and risk factors for teens?
Drug abuse has been linked to: low parent supervision, family conflicts, inconsistent parental discipline, a family history of alcohol or drug abuse, physical or sexual abuse, learning problems, emotional instability, and the perception that prescription drugs are safe, and using them is risk-free.
Where do they get them?
56% Free from friend/relative
19% Prescribed by one doctor
9% Bought from friend/relative
5% Took from friend/relative without asking
4% Drug dealer or stranger
Possible Signs of Drug Use?
Changes in friends
Staying in their room
Smells of drugs
(inhalants, marijuana, solvent)
Has items used with drugs
Help Prevent Drug Poisoning
Keep your doctor informed about all
medications you are taking, including over-the-counter (OTC)
Take your medication(s) as prescribed. Read the information your pharmacist provides.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about your medication, and its effects.
Parents of Teens:
Clearly communicate to teens the negative
physical, emotional, and functional effects of drugs.
Properly supervise! Know where, how, and with whom your teens socialize.
Lock up substances that can be abused: Cleaning Solutions, Inhalants, Alcohol, Prescription and OTC medications.
Take advantage of community drug take-back programs to dispose of unwanted medications.