October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

Every Fall the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada CountyCADCA, and prevention coalitions across the country observe National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. The abuse of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications often flies under the radar but the fact is that and one in 5 young adults has abused a prescription drug not prescribed to them, and roughly one out of three teenagers knows someone who has abused OTC cough medicine to get high.

Please join us this month in preventing medicine abuse and any substance use by young people by taking some of the following actions:

  • Participate this Take Back Day by Safely Disposing of unwanted or expired prescription medications this Saturday October 27th in Grass Valley – Corner of Neal and South Auburn from 10am to 2pm. Visit our Rx safe disposal webpage with locations of disposal bins available at local pharmacies and law enforcement agencies.
  • Take the Stop Medicine Abuse Pledge. Make a commitment to fight OTC cough medicine abuse by taking the pledge to start the conversation with your teen, track how much cough medicine you have in the house at all times and educate yourself on the risks and warning signs of medicine abuse.
  • Visit the National Substance Abuse Prevention Month Website
  • Parents: Talk They Hear You – It’s never too early to talk to them about drugs and alcohol and be clear about expectations.
  • Share these resources with parents and others in your community
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