October is Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, and ​October 21st marks the beginning of MIND YOUR MEDS week, a time to show your support for ending teen medicine abuse by safeguarding and properly disposing of medicine you keep in the home. Check the Partnership for Drug Free Kids. http://www.drugfree.org/

One step we can all take is to have frequent conversations with the teens in our lives about the dangers of medicine abuse.

Parents, it is important that parents monitor, safeguard and properly dispose of medicines they keep at home as more than four in ten teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug has taken it right out of their parent’s medicine cabinet. Kids who abuse medicine are starting early. In fact, one in five kids has done so before the age of 14. Parents are the first line of defense in protecting teens from this dangerous behavior.