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Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine

Increasing numbers of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents don’t know enough about this problem, and many teens don’t understand the dangers.

This full-color guide helps parents understand and identify the current medications teens are abusing. An invaluable resource for parents, “Prescription for Disaster” presents prescription drug basics, includes information about commonly abused drugs, lists steps parents can take to keep their teens drug free, and more.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • How Teens Abuse Medicine
  • Prescription Drug Basics
  • Drug Poisoning and Emergency Room Visits
  • Street Drugs vs. Pharmaceuticals and OTC Medicines
  • Common Drugs of Abuse
  • The Internet, Drugs, and Teens
  • What You Can Do
  • DEA's Role
  • Additional Resources


Familiar with this guide? Take this quiz to test your knowledge, then find out where on the site you can learn more, or view the video to see highlights of the site.

Want to learn more about this issue? Read about the "Teens and Prescription Drugs" report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President.

Are you a community organization or drug education professional? The Communities of Practice section has a supplemental "Prescription for Disaster" presentation.

Want to learn more about this issue? Read the "Teens and Prescription Drugs (PDF)" report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President.