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VCkidsFYI: 1 in 5 teens have abused prescription drugs. Over 50% got them free from family and friends. Learn how to keep your home safe

VCkidsFYI
Ventura County Behavioral Health

In Ventura County

  • 13% of 9th graders

  • 20% of 11th graders

say they've misused Rx painkillers

According to a recent survey, about 1 in 12 high school seniors reported past-year abuse of Vicodin and 1 in 20 reported abusing OxyContin. When asked how these prescription opioids were obtained, more than half of the 12th graders surveyed said they were given the drugs, or they bought them from a friend or relative. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

How can you keep your home safe? Start with creating a routine for keeping your family medications secure and safe from children.

Start with 2 Simple Tasks

  • Get involved in your community Prescription Drug Take-Back Days.
  • Use the Ventura County’s Prescription Drug Disposal Program. Plan a monthly trip to your local police station and drop off unused medications. Use it as a “teachable moment” to talk about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse. See Disposal Bin Locations

To Learn More

Attached are some resources to help learn about the facts of alcohol and drugs. We’ve included some websites and local resources in the community.

Websites:

Local Resources:
If you're concerned about signs of drug use with your child, call (805) 981-9200 to talk with a professional at Ventura County Behavioral Health, Alcohol & Drug Programs, Youth Services. Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
TAGS: Youth, Parents
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