Pharma parties: the trend amongst teenagers that are getting them into more trouble than they thought. If you haven’t heard of “pharming”, it is a trend amongst teens where they bring whatever prescription drug they can find in their home to the party, put them in a bowl, and taking them all at once, usually with alcohol, to get high. Among some of the commonly abused drugs are Ritalin, Adderall, OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Librium, and Over-the-counter medications. The main reason they do this is because they think since they are prescription drugs, they will get a safe medical high; this could not be further from the truth.
Preventing Rx Abuse Among Teens
Obviously hiding your prescription medications will help prevent your children from taking them, but what if there was more you could do on top of that? There are many things you can do to help prevent prescription drug abuse amongst teens. The first step any parent or adult should do is be aware of the dangers of drugs and get more understanding of them so you can help your children or other teens. There is a lot of information out there about drugs and what you can do to prevent others from using them; take advantage of them.
The next thing you should do is to be ready to talk about it, and that does not mean wait until they are taking drugs. Start talking about drugs and their effects from an early age and always have open communication with them so when subjects like this come up, they will not be backed off from talking about it; communication plays a major role in not just prescription drug abuse, but an overall healthy relationship between parent and child.
Getting to know who your child makes friends with is also very important. When your child hangs out with other like-minded kids, they are more likely to not do drugs. However, always stay up to date with them, especially as they get into their teen years. Also, encouraging them to be involved in activities such as sports, joining a high school club, pursuing their hobbies, etc.
By having strong and open communication, an understanding of drugs and why your children may think they are okay, and being involved in your children’s lives, preventing prescription drugs (and any drug) abuse is very achievable.