Because of the legal loophole of prescription drugs being readily available, they are easier for teenagers and young adults to retrieve than illegal narcotics. Prescription refills go unmonitored and sometimes parents fail to monitor their own prescription drugs, or by forgetting to dispose of old prescriptions. Here are three ways you can help to control teenager prescription drug use:
1. Maintain communication – Sometimes prescriptions can be spread across several doctors, clinics, and pharmacies. As a parent, it is important to encourage communication between these facilities and stay in communication with them yourself. Being aware of prescription refills between facilities can help identify a possible drug abuse situation or problem with addiction.
2. Dispose of the unused – If you yourself have a prescription drug, be sure to dispose of old prescriptions if they are no longer being used. If you need more, you can always go back to the doctor to get a new prescription. But by leaving the drugs in the home, you take the chance of your children getting a hold of them.
3. Monitor amounts – Consult the doctor providing the prescription and be aware of the dose per day. Monitor the amounts taken and if possible keep the prescription drugs locked in a cabinet and only provide the drugs when necessary. This may not be possible in all prescription drug scenarios, but at least being aware of how often a prescription should last can help you stay on top of your child’s drug use.
If you are concerned you or a family member may be struggling with Substance Use Disorder reach out to Solace Counseling today to discuss options. We can start your journey to recovery and healing together.