One of the most common places for teens to find easily accessible drugs are in their parents’ medicine cabinet. Being proactive about preventing teenagers from finding drugs, and being tempted to take them, is an important responsibility for parents.
Various medications could harm children and teens. Also sometimes your child’s friends may influence them to take prescriptions from home. It’s best to lock medications away in a safe place to prevent these sorts of situations.
Several retailers offer medication lock boxes expressly designed to keep prescriptions out of the wrong hands. There are also models that will dispense medicine in specific amounts at predetermined times of the day.
If this is not an option, it’s best to, at least, put them in a secure location that only you and the other adults in the home know the place of and have access too. It is best to keep prescriptions in their designated bottles that are labeled for safety. Don’t attempt to disguise medicine by removing it from its bottle or hiding it in a something other than its labeled container.
It’s important as parents to do everything we can to prevent our children from coming into
into contact with both prescription medications and illegal drugs of abuse. Often parents are the last line of defense that may be preventing a teenager from making a catastrophic life-changing decision.
We know what it was like to go through the stressful situations and demands of teen life. While our teenage children likely don’t think we can relate to their struggle to navigate school, relationships, career paths, and college the fact is we are the perfect person to help.
First, we are the most concerned adult figures in their life, and no matter how old they get we will always feel a sense of responsibility for their safety. We have to take the initiative and be available for our children when we think that they have particularly difficult experiences.
It would help to start a conversation even when everything seems to be completely fine. Teens can be exceptional at covering up problems and trying to act normal, and it could be due merely to the embarrassment that your child hasn’t brought up an issue like drugs.
One particularly useful way to connect with your teenager is to start a conversation with a story about an experience you had as a teen. Since teens will likely feel like you can’t relate to their stress a simple story about what you went through and how you handled it could open up dialogue.