Anonymous asks:

Growing Drug Problem in Teenagers.

Is there any method to control this growing problem in teens, as teens are experimenting on new substance; I mean they can abuse anything that give them high. Prescription drug abuse and even over the counter drug abuse is rising day by day. Why government is not taking any prompt actions on this problem.
In Topics: Teen alcohol and substance abuse
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Boys Town National Hotline
Oct 8, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Unfortunately you're exactly right!!!  If we had the answer to eliminating teen drug use there would be a lot less pain in the world.  As with most global problems change comes very slowly.  

Teen drug use is on the rise and yes, some teens are using just about anything they can get their hands on to get high.  Recently the use of prescription medications have been a popular drug of choice.  The good news is that awareness is on the rise so parents are becoming more aware of the importance of keeping prescription medication locked up in their home.  

Controlling teen drug use needs to start in the home.  In addition to keeping prescription medications locked, parents need to talk to their kids about all types of substance use.  Kids typically get the message about not using common drugs such as marijuana and alcohol, but often don't hear about other dangers that are found in many households.  They need to be educated on the dangers of inhalants, prescription drugs and other products that include alcohol.  Parents need to be honest and open when talking about drugs and remember to "talk," NOT lecture.  

There is no simple answer, but if each parent takes responsibility for starting the dicusssion about drugs with their teens/kids at an early age, we will all have a better chance of making a difference.

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dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, offers a Teen Alcohol and Substance Abuse info center you might review:

It includes a variety of articles on this topic, including how to address this problem among our youth. For instance, here's an article from the NYU Child Study Center that includes a section on what parents can do to decrease the likelihood that their children will use substances.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Heath (NIH), created a Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. It includes free downloads, a crisis hotline and other information to address the issue of teens using and abusing drugs.

Additionally, JustAsk Expert, Boys Town National Hotline supports teens struggling with chemical dependency (and other issues). You can learn more about them on these pages:

I hope you find these resources helpful in your quest for information and resolution on this topic.
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