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Alerting Parents and Families About the Growing Danger of Prescription Drug Abuse

As a community resource for substance abuse recovery, Gateway Foundation is working to build awareness and education of the dangers of prescriptions drub abuse in schools and for parents and community leaders for a well-informed community. As a growing public health concern, prescription drug abuse affects millions of teens and adults each year.

Talk to Your Kids – Research Shows They Will Listen

Research shows that when parents talk openly about the dangers of taking drugs and drinking with their children, teens have better self-control and develop more negative perceptions of these risky behaviors.

Children who learn the facts and dangers from their parents about illegal drug use, underage drinking, and the growing concerns around prescription drug abuse, are up to 50% less likely to engage in substance abuse than those who do not.

The Problem Is Larger Than You Think
Free and easy to find, 70% of teens and adults who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from a friend or relative often without their knowledge.*

Others may abuse their own prescription medicine or swap pills with friends. It's important that not just parents, but anyone taking a prescription drug understand the growing danger of prescription drug abuse.

*TheAntiDrug.com, 2011


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