It’s summer, it’s school break and it is time to hang with your friends! Some households with both parents working or single parent homes, teens have more free unsupervised time. This isn’t a bad thing however if you suspect your teen is using drugs, their time alone can be trouble.
Did you know your home can be the culprit in drug use? Stop Medicine Abuse has created an awareness to help parents recognize the signs of OTC – over the counter drug abuse. Yes, cough medicine, anti-depressants, blood pressure medications and much more. You home can be a place to retrieve drugs. Have you heard of fishbowl parties?
It can be hard to tell if there is an issue when your teens’ moods change from day to day. While many signs of abuse are also common signs of just being a teenager, they can also be cause for concern and a good reason to talk to your teen about the real risks of cough medicine abuse.
- Hearing your child use certain slang terms for dextromethorphan abuse, such as Skittling, Tussing, Robo-Tripping, Triple Cs and Dex
- Empty cough medicine boxes or bottles in the trash or a child’s room, or boxes or bottles missing from the medicine cabinet
- Changes in friends, physical appearance, or sleeping or eating patterns
- Declining grades
- Loss of interest in hobbies or favorite activities
- Hostile and uncooperative attitude
- Unexplained disappearance of household money
- Visiting pro-drug web sites that provide information on how to abuse dextromethorphan and other substances
- Unusual chemical or medicinal smells on your child or in his or her room
The key to prevention is education. Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens!