Learn the facts:
- 1 out of 4 teens have misused prescription medications.
- 2 out of 3 teens abusing prescription pain medications say they get them from family or friends
- Some teens hand out or sell extra pills of their own, or pills they’ve gotten or stolen from friends or family members
Take steps at home to keep medication out of reach:
- Do a check of your family’s prescriptions: Could any of the prescriptions be addictive or misused?
- Keep prescription pain meds in a spot that only you can get to them. If possible, keep all medicines - both prescription and over-the-counter - in a locked cabinet or other secure place that kids can’t access.
- If your child has a prescription, make sure you hold onto the pill bottle for them.
- Do a regular inventory (e.g., check how many pills are left) of any prescription meds that are in your home.
Get rid of leftover (unused) prescription drugs. Bring unused prescriptions to Prescription Dropbox locations at the Ipswich Police Department, 15 Elm St., or on the lower level of the Town Hall outside of the Council on Aging cafeteria, 25 Green St.