Oxycontin use by
12th graders is up



in just three years.

source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Children who learn a lot about the risks of drugs are up to 50 percent less likely to use them. Talk to your kids about the risks of prescription drug abuse.

source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Young people are especially vulnerable. Warning signs:

  • Moodiness, irritability, anger, aggressive behavior
  • Depression, poor personal hygiene
  • Incoherence, forgetfulness, slurred speech
  • Significant changes in weight
  • Clumsiness, poor balance, lack of coordination
  • Rapid speech, uncharacteristic talkativeness, restlessness
  • Irresponsibility, recklessness, bad judgment, secrecy
  • Thefts or sudden requests for money
  • Change in social interactions, new friends replace old friends, fights with family members and friends, not participating in family functions
  • Problems at work/school, such as decreased effort, discipline issues, poor grades, or unexplained absences

lock bags

Use a lock bag to prevent people in your household or visitors from accessing or abusing prescription drugs. 

Lock bags are available from the following locations.


Safely dispose of unused medication- especially controlled substances - at any of the following locations

Non-controlled medications: Prescription medications (except controlled medications), pet medications, medicated ointments/lotions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, inhalers and unopened EpiPens
Controlled medications: Codeine, Xanax, Valium, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Ritalin, and Ambien. See the U.S. Department of Justices Diversion Control Division for more information. 
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