Prescription drug addiction is a growing problem in America.
It is never okay to take someone else’s pills.
Taking too many pills or taking pills that aren’t yours is illegal.
Prescription drug use is dangerous when not under doctor supervision.
Any kind of addiction threatens your chance at a happy life.
Drug use gets in the way of creativity, athletics and learning.
TIPS FOR AVOIDING THE PROBLEM
It’s actually okay to say ‘no’ if someone offers you something you don’t want.
Not taking a drug doesn’t leave you out of the crowd. It keeps you in the good crowd. There are more people your age not using drugs than using them.
Set healthy goals for yourself and celebrate when you meet them.
Choose good friends. A real friend wants you to be happy and healthy.
Keep yourself focused on the life you want, whether that’s having a family, good job, or being a good friend.
Join The Crowd – Over 80% of Teens are NOT Abusing Prescription Drugs
HONEST ANSWERS TO YOUR REAL QUESTIONS
When used properly, prescription drugs are not necessarily dangerous. A prescription drug is only safe to take under the direct care of your doctor. Taking a pill or drug that is not prescribed to you could have serious and sometimes fatal side effects.
Anytime that you take more pills than are prescribed to you to gain a “high” or take pills that are not yours, it is considered drug abuse or misuse.
Yes. It is against the law to take drugs that are not yours or to use a drug in a way that it isn’t intended. Being caught in possession of a prescription drug that is not prescribed to you is no different that being caught with a traditional illegal drug.
That depends. If the pills were prescribed for YOU by a doctor, then yes. If the pills were NOT prescribed for you specifically, then no. Sometimes parents aren’t aware of the dangers of giving you a pill not prescribed to you. Direct them to this site if they have questions. They can obviously give you over-the-counter medicines, but you should always be sure to read all warning labels and directions.