Submitted by Nora Lozano on 05/04/2017
When we think about the drugs our youth are exposed to, addictive drugs like heroin and cocaine often come to mind. However, the prescription drugs stored in our medicine cabinets, night stands, and kitchen counters are as addictive, dangerous, and deadly as these street drugs.
Prescription painkillers are as addictive as heroin because they are opioids, just like heroin. To help prevent abuse and misuse, it’s advisable to keep all medicines stored in a safe and locked compartment and out of the reach of children, youth and pets.
Submitted by Aidee Covarrubias on 04/04/2017
I'm probably one of those mothers who thinks about the dangers of drinking alcohol at an early age more than the average person. I think this is because my work has allowed me to learn about the impact alcohol can have on teenagers' brains. It also gives me the access to hear directly from many parents and guardians how difficult it can be when they face the decision on how to guide their children who are wanting to drink alcohol.
Submitted by Thalia Williams on 03/09/2017
For most teens, spring break is simply a time to relax, have fun, and be adventurous. Whether on vacation, just hanging out in the neighborhood, or having fun with friends, it’s important teens remain safe during spring break.
While this time will be incident free for most, for some youth time off from school poses a risk of temptation by alcohol and drugs. It is up to parents and other caring adults to discuss and guide their teens in how to stay safe when faced with hard choices about risky situations and behaviors.