Prescription Sedatives and Tranquilizers

 

Street Names: Mebaral, Quaaludes, Xanax, Valium, Benzos, Downers

Looks Like: Multi-colored tablets and capsules, some available in liquid forms

How It's Used/Abused: Swallowed, injected, or snorted

What Teens Have Heard: "A great way to release tension."

Short and Long Term Effects: Slows down the brain's activity and when a user stops taking them, there can be a rebound effect, possibly leading to seizures and other harmful consequences.

Signs of Abuse: Slurred speech, shallow breathing, sluggishness, disorientation, lack of coordination. Medicine bottles present without illness, prescription bottles missing, disrupted eating and sleeping patterns. 

Talk to Your KidsFor more information on talking with teens about alcohol and other drugs, go to the Talk to Your Kids page.

 

 

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Safe Storage

When storing your medication, it is important to keep them out of reach and inaccesible to your kids.  This could be in a room, cabinet, or drawer that is locked as well as a box that is specifically designed for the safe keeping of medications.  These can be found at many home organiztion stores or online by seaching for "medicine lock boxes." Below are a couple examples of these lock boxes.

 

 

Medicine Disposal

Old or unused medications should be disposed of properly to ensure they don't get into the wrong hands or do unintended harm.  Avoid flushing pills and liquid medications down the toilet, as this can contaminate the water supply.  Instead, follow one of the methods below:

 

1) Find a drop box location:

(Arizona Department of Health Services)

 

2) Find a community based Rx take-back event:

(U.S. Dept. of Justice, Drug Encorcement Agency)

 

3) Self Disposal

If the first two method of disposing of your medications aren't available to you, you can follow these steps

"1. Remove labeling from the pill bottle. Do not crush the pills or open capsules.

  2. Mix the drugs with an unpleasant substance, such as kitty litter or coffee grounds.

  3. Put the drugs and unpleasant substance in the garbage separate from the pill bottle."

-Safe Drug Disposal Guide from the Partnership fo Drug-Free Kids