End Medicine Abuse


The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) are committed to helping families struggling with substance abuse by empowering them with information, support and guidance. The Medicine Abuse Project is an action campaign to prevent half a million teens from starting to abuse medicine. Here are steps you can take to help prevent abuse...

Monitor: Take note of how many pills are in each prescription bottle in your home, especially medications prescribed to your teen. Keep track of refills. Make sure friends and relatives are also aware of the risks. Encourage them to regularly monitor their own medicines.

Secure: Take medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, out of the medicine cabinet and secure in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet.

Dispose: Discard expired or unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. Participate in a safe drug-disposal program, such as a drug take-back day or a drug mail-back program. Visit the Medicine Abuse Project to learn more about the disposing of medicine and find a medicine take-back location near you.

Communicate the Risks: Children who learn about the risks of drugs at home are at least 20 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not hear that critical message from parents. Here are strategies that can help:

  • Be clear.
  • Make sure your teen understands the dangers.
  • Know the hereditary risks.
  • Remind your child that you are there for support and guidance.