Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration Resources: Website “Get Smart About Drugs” and Parent Resource Booklet “Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine”
An increasing number of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents don’t know enough about this problem, and many teens don’t understand the dangers. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration has developed two resources for parents. Along with their website, http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/, they have published “Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine.” This full-color guide helps parents to understand and identify the current medications teens are abusing. In addition, an invaluable resource for parents, “Prescription for Disaster” (http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/Files/File/DEApillbook_1_5_08.pdf), presents prescription drug basics, includes information about commonly abused drugs, the internet, drugs and teens, what you can do, DEA’s role, and additional resources, such as internet websites to find the truth about drugs. The publication lists steps parents can take to keep their teens drug free, and more.