What’s in your medicine cabinet at home? Each generation of teens looks for new ways to get high. Recent trends indicate that they are increasingly turning to prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.
Teens report getting many of these medicines from home medicine cabinets and mistakenly believe that abusing them is “safer” than other drugs. According to surveys from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 20 percent of teens say they have taken a prescription drug without having a prescription for it themselves, and 5 percent report abusing OTC cough medicine to get high.
Saturday, April 27, is the day the North Bend Police Department along with Washington State DEA will participate in the National Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can bring your expired, unwanted, or unused prescription medications to a temporary drop off point located at the southeast corner of North Bend’s park-and-ride, between East McClellan Street and East Park Street for destruction.
Other drop-off locations for unused medications include the Snoqualmie and North Bend Police Departments:
• Snoqualmie Police Station, 34825 S.E. Douglas St., Snoqualmie; (425) 888-3333.
• North Bend Sheriff’s Substation, 1550 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend; (425) 888-4433.
To help prevent medicine abuse:
• Talk to your teen about prescription and OTC cough medicine abuse. Teens listen, even if they act like they don’t. In fact, teens who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent less likely to use drugs.
• Safeguard your medicine cabinets. Take steps to protect your teens by safeguarding all the medicines you have in your home. Know what you have and how much, so you will know if anything is missing. Discard any medicines you no longer need.
• Share what you have learned.
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