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Talking To Your Kid About Prescription Drug Abuse
PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR PARENTS
As a parent, teach your teen to:
- Respect the power of medicine and use it properly.
- Recognize that all medicines, including prescription medications, have risks along with benefits. The risks tend to increase dramatically when medicines are abused.
- Take responsibility for learning how to take prescription medicines safely and appropriately, and seek help at the first sign of a problem for their own or a friend’s abuse.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Speak to your teen about prescription medicines — do not presume that illegal drugs are the only threat, and remind them that taking someone else’s prescription or sharing theirs with others is illegal.
- Encourage your teen to ask you or a doctor about the negative side effects of a prescribed medicine, how to watch for them, and what to
do if a negative effect is suspected.
- Alert your family physician that you are concerned, and ask him or her to speak to your teen about the importance of proper use of prescription medicines.
- Keep prescription medicines in a safe place and avoid stockpiling them.
- Promptly and properly dispose of any unused prescription medicines.
- Provide a safe and open environment for your teen to talk about abuse issues.
- Monitor your teen’s use of the Internet, especially for any illegal online purchases.
From “Talking to Your Kid About Prescription Drug Abuse” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA
Medication Drop Boxes Available Locally
Disposing of unused medications at a drop-box keeps them out of the hands of teens and drug abusers, while also keeping medical pollution out of your drinking water. When you have unused medications, utilize these free local drop-box locations in Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home.
Albany Police Department
1117 SE Jackson St.
Prescription drug drop-off is available Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. A permanent drop-box is located in the Albany Police Department lobby (1117 Jackson St. SE). It is available for drop off and safe disposal of any unwanted or expired over-the-counter or prescription medications (including pet medications).
Personnel will collect and destroy the medications in a safe and legal manner by incinerating them at a nearby facility. The drop box was donated by the United States Postal Service and refurbished by Oregon Powder Coating, Albany Lock and Key Service, and Xtreme Grafx.
For more information, contact the Albany Police Department
Lebanon Justice Center
40 N. 2nd St.
A permanent prescription drug drop-off is located at the Lebanon Justice Center, 40 N. 2nd St. in Lebanon. It is located in the main lobby and is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It is available for safe disposal of any unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription medication (including pet medications).
Medications are disposed of by police personnel. The drop box was donated by United States Postal Service, refurbished by Oregon Powder Coating, Roy’s Glass and Lock & Gateway Imprints. (We do not accept syringes or sharps.)
For more information, contact the Lebanon Police Department
Sweet Home Police Department
1950 Main Street
Sweet Home, OR
A medication drop-box is available in the Sweet Home Police Department lobby, Thursday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the Sweet Home Police Department