From prescription drug abuse to “skittles parties” and medication missteps, the growing need for education about proper prescription drug use is here to stay.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs trail only marijuana and alcohol as the most frequently abused substances by people 14 and older. Teens and pre-teens nationwide are seeing more pills pop up, too, as the number of medications prescribed increases.
As the opportunities to misuse medicine grow, an education in the dangers of taking too many pills, not the right kind of pills, someone else’s pills, and counterfeit medication found online has become an important part of growing up healthy.
Programs like the University of Minnesota’s branch of AWARxE are providing just that kind of information to Minnesota’s preteens.