As families, we do everything we can to keep our kids safe.
But there’s one danger often overlooked: Prescription drug abuse and misuse.
Ten percent of Denver Public Schools students reported having used prescription drugs without a prescription.
The average age of first use is just 13 years old.
This is particularly alarming as 80-percent of heroin users start with common prescription opioids.
When kids get these prescription drugs, it’s usually from a friend or relative.
But teen drug abuse can also start in the medicine cabinet.
How is this possible? While their brains are still developing, adolescents have a harder time controlling potentially dangerous impulses.
Don’t provide your child with the opportunity to make a poor decision.
Put a lock on your medicine cabinet… or purchase locking prescription vials.
You may be saving a life.
For more, visit denveryouthsuccess.org/safe-
This video brought to you by the DPS Substance
Use Prevention Program, Rise Above Colorado and Denver Partnership for YOUth Success