VCkidsFYI: Prescription Drug Abuse. What you need to know

Ventura County Behavioral Health

Most teenagers who abuse prescription drugs are given them for free by a friend or relative.

How Are Prescription Drugs Abused?

  • Taking someone else’s medication.
  • Taking a drug in a way other than prescribed.
  • Taking a medication to get high.
People think that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs. But they can be as addictive, dangerous and risky for teens to misuse and abuse. Youth who misuse prescription medications are also more likely to report use of other drugs.

Don’t make it easy

  • Lock up your meds
  • Keep track of pill quantities
  • Properly dispose of unused medications
  • Block access to online pharmacies
  • Participate in county prescription drug take-back days
  • Learn the facts on Rx drug abuse
  • Talk about it 
> See the Rx Disposal Locations in Ventura County

Learn More

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