Teen Prescription Drug Use and Abuse: Sharing Stories to Raise Awareness

September 12, 2013

I was honored to be part of an emotional, personal and powerful storytelling event for The Medicine Abuse Project during the evening of September 10th with ten other brave woman, and amazing writers:

The Medicine Abuse Project helps to bring awareness to the epidemic of prescription drug use in teens. Here are links for the videos: part onepart two, and part three. (The story I read follows below, or you can watch or listen to me during in part one). Please listen. Please talk with your children.

To learn more about The Medicine Abuse Project, visit drugfree.org/medicineabuseproject and follow the conversation online at #endmedicineabuse. The Medicine Abuse Project aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine by the year 2017. I encourage you to take The Pledge (It takes just a few seconds!) and have frequent conversations with your kids about the real dangers of prescription drug use. The Partnership has created kits and provided resources to help you safeguard your kids.

The Medicine Abuse Project states that one in four teens, “reports having misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime.” This is a 33 percent increase since 2008. But let me go back. Decades in time, when the abuse of prescription drugs wasn’t on the “radar.”

** This post is sponsored by The Partnership at Drugfree.org as part of a blog tour with listentoyourmothershow.com in an effort to #EndMedicineAbuse.**

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Lori Lavender Luz September 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Thank you for sharing your love for Your Johnny with us. I can tell how loved he was, and I’m sorry for your loss.

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Judy September 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Thank you, Lori.

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