Tips for Parents
What can you do as a parent?
- Educate yourself – know the Signs & Symptoms of prescription drug abuse
- Be more aware
- Keep medications in safe place
- Monitor your medications - use a Medicine Inventory Sheet
- Dispose of old or unused medications properly
- Spread the word - know what Community Resources you have available
- Spend time with your teen and get to know their friends and their friends’ parents
- Reinforce positive behaviors
- Be aware of Online Activity
- Most importantly – Talk to your Children!
If you know or suspect that your child is abusing drugs, find out what you can do to intervene. Visit Getting Treatment to get started.
Monitoring Online Activity
Whether or not to monitor a child’s online activity is a personal decision for parents. However, parents need to know that prescription drugs can be bought over the Internet, both from legitimate online pharmacies and from rogue sites that operate outside of the law.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP) reviewed more than 10,000 websites selling prescription medications and found that 88 percent were operating out of compliance with state and federal laws and/or NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards1. These Not Recommended Sites are listed on the AWARxE website.
If you want to buy a medicine online, look to see if the pharmacy is accredited by the NABP VIPPS® (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice SitesCM) program. These Recommended sites are also listed on the AWARxE website.
Next, learn about methods for Safe Storage & Disposal.
1 National Association of Board of Pharmacy, Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program, Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: January 2015