What are the warning signs of teen OTC drug abuse?

 

Stop Medicine Abuse writes-

As a parent, it’s important for you to be aware of the warning signs that could suggest your teen is abusing OTC medicines.

Does your teen:

  • Seem depressed or withdrawn?
  • Display sudden outbursts of anger?
  • Visit to pro-drug Internet sites that have information about how to obtain and use OTC drugs to get high? View a list of these common websites here.
  • Abandon hobbies and interests he/she previously enjoyed?

If the answer to any of those questions was “yes,” don’t be alarmed; instead, try some of the following tips to learn more about what your teen may be going through and provide guidance and support if there’s a problem:

  • Talk to your teen. Speak up about your concerns and make sure your teen knows he or she can share anything with you.
  • Check your teen computer’s browser history.
  • Provide structure in your teen’s life by creating and sticking to a routine. For example, have mandatory family dinners every evening, or make sure your teen cleans his or her room every day.
  • Talk to your teen’s friends and their parents to make sure you’re in the know about your teen’s everyday activities and behaviors.

There are countless dangers when teens abuse OTC drugs, which is why these drugs are intended to be taken under the direction of a parent or guardian. If there is a problem, you have the power to be part of the solution. I know it can be difficult, but you can do it – and you’ll be glad you did.

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