As the war on drugs continues to falter, as parents we can feel helpless at times trying to protect our children from teen drug addiction. However, there are things we can do.
As responsible citizens, we should urge the FDA to conduct more research on how to make prescription medications safer and distributed with tighter controls. We have reached a point where safeguards can no longer be ignored with the opiate addiction epidemic.
The saddest part is that the “drug dealer” for most young addicts is the family medicine chest. Unused prescription painkillers, left over from a hernia operation or tooth extraction for example, are the easiest way for opiates to get into the wrong hands of our children or their visiting friends. As responsible parents, we need to flush all unused prescriptions.