I Got My Son Back: A Mother’s Struggle with Her Son’s Addiction
Our family suffered for years in silence through this horrific journey of my son’s heroin addiction, but now we can speak of Ryan’s health problem out loud.
Teen medicine abuse is an epidemic. That’s not our declaration; it’s that of the CDC, who doesn’t throw the term “epidemic” around loosely. It’s no secret that this behavior is a problem (and a devastating one); what is sometimes confusing, though, is what you can do in your own home to prevent the behavior and protect your family.
At the Partnership, we know that kids and adults who intend to abuse are not only accessing medicine from their own homes, but they seek it at the homes of their friends’ parents; their grandparents; and others. Safeguarding and properly disposing of the medicine you keep at home is an action that everyone should take – regardless of whether or not you believe your teen or family is at risk.
So, how do you deal with those unwanted, expired or unused medicines in your home? Here are some simple steps to help clear up the confusion.
Of course, many people have medicine at home that they are actively using, or need to keep at home for future use. If this is the case, be vigilant about counting your pills and safeguarding this medicine.
Finally, but perhaps most importantly, talk to your kids and family about the dangers of abusing medicine. For more information on how you can help #EndMedicineAbuse at home and in your community, visit our Medicine Abuse Project website.