Are Parents to Blame for Prescription Drug Abuse?
Some parents choose to not talk to their teens about drugs. They may think that avoiding the subject will help prevent their children from wanting to use. But does this make teens less interested in drug use, specifically prescription drug use?
Ignorance or Denial?
Results of a study showed that 16 percent of parents think prescription drugs are safer than illegal ones. One in five parents said they had given their teen a prescription drug that didn’t have his or her name on the bottle.
Most parents talk to their children about drugs. However, only 15 percent of them talk about everything they need to. Some are afraid to talk to their children at a young age, but 20 percent of teens weren’t even 14 years old when they used their first drug. The younger children are when they use drugs, the more likely they’ll be to struggle with addiction in later years.
Some parents believe that their child would never touch a drug. You may hear “He wouldn’t do that” or “I taught her better than that.” The parents may think that their child is too well-behaved to fall into the drug use trap.
The Facts About Prescription Drugs
Prescription drug abuse has increased 33 percent since 2008. Also, prescription medicine is just as potent and addictive as illegal drugs. It has the same harmful effects as illegal drugs, too. There are more deaths from Xanax, OxyContin and Vicodin than heroin and cocaine put together.
Parents have their own way of raising children. But they need to know that teens are more likely to abuse prescription drugs if their parents show apathy toward the topic.
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