My husband broke his collarbone a couple weeks ago while mountain biking. He needed surgery and pain medication to help him through the recovery process. Fortunately he had a strong resolve not to be on pain medication for more than a couple days, knowing it's addictive component. We disposed of the extra pills immediately afterwards.
What does all this have to do with kids? Everything! If you are like me, a parent of elementary-aged kids, you may think this is something to think about later. Did you know that prescription drug abuse can start as early as middle school? It might be taken recreationally or a for legitimate reasons like a sports injury or a tooth extraction. The fact is, left unchecked, prescription drug use can be fatal. The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent it from happening to your child. Sites like the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) can help you get educated.
In honor of Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs is co-sponsoring a free showing of "Hooked", a documentary that highlights the dangers of prescription drug abuse on Tuesday, March 8th, from 6:30-8:30pm at the San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center. Click here for more information.