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Transcript of Generation Rx
with its largest drug problem ever....
America's biggest drug problem...
...is in our medicine cabinets
Prescription drug abuse in on the rise
Between 6 and 7 MILLION Americans have abused prescription medications in the past month
Nearly 7,000 Americans initiate medication misuse or abuse every day
Everyday, approximately 2,500 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 years old abuse a prescription drug for the first time
Can anybody guess the top
drugs being abused by 12th graders?
The Scales are
SEDATIVES AND TRANQUILIZERS
Prescription drug abuse is
getting out of hand due to
a handful of
MYTH- prescription medications are SAFER than illegal drugs
TRUTH- Unintentional drug
poisoning is now the
2nd leading cause
death in the U.S.
MYTH- It must be more difficult for kids to get their hands on prescription drugs
TRUTH- Majority of
teens report that prescription drugs are easier to get than illegal
We must consider the health, legal, social, and personal development consequences
Drug treatment center admissions for prescription drug addictions have increased dramatically in recent years
Thousands of emergency department visits every year are related to prescription medication misuse or abuse
There are a multitude
with potential for abuse
This problem needs to
...to keep our family and friends out of harms way...
...and give young
people the opportunity
to grow up
to do amazing
SO WHAT CAN
prescription drugs and
of them properly
medication disposal day
in your community
to self-diagnose and self-prescribe
safe medication-taking practices
with your family members, friends, and neighbors