Pharm Parties: PARENTS BE AWARE

Skittle PartyCould your medicine cabinet be contributing to the next party?

Kids are increasingly skipping the traditional illicit substances used by previous generations to get high, and instead are turning to what they find by rummaging through their parents medicine cabinet. Painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet, stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Zoloft – all are being abused by teens in record numbers all over the throughout country. Right here in Montgomery County, police and prosecutors are trying to combat “pharm parties” or “skittle parties” as they are often referred as, where teens bring whatever prescription medications they have in their homes to a gathering, toss them in a big bowl like candy and share them with others, who take them without knowledge or concern over the type or amount of drugs they are ingesting, their intended dosages or recipients, or the effects they have on the body.

Several staggering statistics recently reported from surveys by both The Partnership at Drugfree.org and Health Day News:

  • Prescription pills are the new “gateway drugs”.

  • The rates of use among teens are skyrocketing, up 33% over the last 5 years

  • Nearly 25% of high school students report having misused or abused prescription drugs

  • Just 14% of teens surveyed indicated they had even discussed prescription drug abuse with their parents.

It’s easy to see why – almost every home has them, they’re easily accessible, and an alarming number of teens believe that taking prescription pills is safer than “street” drugs. Too often, however, that’s exactly where the road leads as kids get quickly addicted to drugs like OxyContin, but unable to afford the $80 per pill price tag, they begin taking heroin to feed their addiction or avoid symptoms of withdrawal.

This is why it’s so important to talk to your teens about prescription drug abuse. Make sure that you keep any prescription drugs secure and accounted for at all times. If you suspect missing pills, talk to your teen. When you have unused prescription drugs that are no longer needed, take them to a prescription drug collection box for disposal. Here are several collection sites in Montgomery County.

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