Kids Drop Pot In Favor Of Store Bought Drugs
Tobacco, alcohol, and pot aren't as popular as they were a year ago, but over the counter and prescribed drugs are becoming more popular.
The Indiana Prevention Resource Center released an annual report that highlights trends in teen drug use. Bill Stanczykiewicz with the Indiana Youth Institute says limited access is definitely part of the reason for the decline in marijuana use, but it also begs the question, are kids seeing the consequences of their older siblings, and staying away from drugs? On the other side of the coin, easy access means kids are able to abuse over the counter drugs, as well as prescribed drugs.
Stanczykiewicz says kids are finding what's left of their parents prescriptions, taking them, and then trying to get them refilled. He suggests having a talk with your kids about the consequences of drug use, because just opening a discussion with them will mean they are less likely to abuse drugs down the road.