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WHERE DO TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS GET PRESCRIPTION DRUGS?

Nearly half of teens (49%) reported they got prescription drugs from a friend, while 42% got them from their parents' medicine cabinet, according to Partnership to End Addiction. When it comes to painkillers specifically, two-thirds of teens say they got them from family or friends. Some young people are also getting counterfeit drugs on social media.

Local youth surveys from 2018 found 30% of teens took a family member's prescription drugs and 6% of high school seniors used a stimulant without a prescription.

 

YOU CAN'T BE SURE A PILL IS SAFE IF...

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It didn't come from a retail pharmacy.
It wasn't prescribed to you by a doctor.
A friend or family member shared their pills with you. 
You bought it through social media.
You are taking your pills but differently than prescribed (too many, too often, etc.).

IT'S ONLY SAFE WHEN ...

Your doctor prescribed the pills for you. You picked them up at the local pharmacy and you are taking them as prescribed.

You can't tell if it's a counterfeit pill by looking at it.

Regardless of the medication source, if it's not prescribed for you, it's not safe.

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DON'T BECOME THE "DEALER" 

Anyone becomes a potential "dealer" if medication isn't stored or disposed of properly.

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lock them up

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dispose properly

Get more information at drugfreect.org

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