Drugs & Your Family

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Commonly Misused Over-the-Counter Meds

If you’re concerned about someone in your household abusing your over-the-counter medication, ingredients in cough medicine and the anti-diarrheal lopermide should probably be on your radar. 

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Using Over-the-Counter Medication Safely

Do you need help with properly using over-the-counter medication? If so, KnowYourOTCs.org is a great resource. Here are just a few highlights.

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What Should You Do With Your Unused Meds?

Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances.  You can make a difference by keeping track of the medicine you have, by rethinking where and how you keep your medications in your home, and by safely disposing of any unused medications.  

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Preventing Opioid Misuse among High School Student-Athletes: A Playbook for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators

Unfortunately, high school student-athletes can be especially vulnerable to prescription painkiller misuse. Here are five tips – along with online resources – for parents and educators to help keep your student-athlete from misusing painkillers.

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Red Ribbon Week Public Service Announcement

Listen to this Radio Public Service Announcement for Red Ribbon Week. Feel free to use on local or campus radio stations.

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Other Options for Treating Pain

For many reasons, you may want to consider more natural ways your teen or young adult can deal with pain.

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Mental Health and Substance Misuse

Scientists have long made the link between mental health disorders and substance misuse. In fact, the co-existence of both is referred to as “co-occurring disorders.”

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A Dose of Reality: Websites Educating the Public about Opioids

A handful of states (Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wisconsin) have launched public awareness campaigns called ‘A Dose of Reality.’

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New Report Advises Parents about Teen Marijuana Use

Talking to your teens about drug use can already be a little uncomfortable. But what if you live in a state where using recreational marijuana is legal for adults?

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Accidental Exposure: Drugs and Young Children

The effect of drug use on young children under the age of five can’t be overlooked.