|Habersham County Sheriff's Office · 1000 Detention Drive · Clarkesville, GA 30523 · (706) 754-6666|
Prescription Drug Prevention
Would You Know if Your Child Was Addicted to Prescription Drugs?
While illegal drug use among teens is falling, teen prescription drug abuse is on the rise. One in five teens has abused a prescription pain medication, and in Florida prescription drugs have killed 300% more Americans than illegal drugs.
Kids as young as 12 are trying or using prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. Many of them think these drugs are safe because prescription pills have legitimate uses, but taking them without a prescription to get high or "self-medicate" can be as dangerous – and addictive – as using street narcotics and other illicit drugs. This mistaken thinking causes kids who wouldn't otherwise use illicit drugs to form addictions to prescription drug.
Prescription drugs are easier for kids to get than are illicit drugs – mostly from their parents’ medicine cabinets, but also from friends’ homes, internet pharmacies or classmates. Some signs that your child might be abusing include personality changes, social withdrawal, a change in appearance or erratic behavior.
What Parents Can Do
What to do if Your Child has a Problem
If you find that your child is abusing prescription drugs, or any other drug for that matter, seek help from your family doctor, local law enforcement or local rehabilitation centers.
County Sheriff's Office
1000 Detention Drive Clarkesville, Ga. 30523
Phone: 706-754-6666 Fax: 839-7065
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