"Changing attitudes toward substance abuse often precede changes in reported use.
"Teens are obtaining medications from family members and friends: More than one-half of the nonmedical users of pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives aged 12 or older got the prescription drugs they most recently used “from a friend or relative for free.”
Over the counter (OTC) medications are easily obtainable without prescription, at the local store, or even more conveniently in your home medicine cabinet. Nationwide statistics indicate kids as young as 12 are using OTC medications to relieve anxiety, stress, pain or to get high; using the internet as a "how to" guide to getting high. Most parents are worried about their children using OTC medications and so it is important to know the facts so you can share with your child about the dangerous potential in taking OTC medications, while as well knowing the facts about safe storage to lessen the risk of OTC medications being misused in your home.
For more information on prescription drug use, see these resources: