Archive for Prescription Drug Abuse

What Can Parents Do to Prevent Teen Drug Use?


Rosanne Tenuta
Health Educator, Robert Crown Center for Health Education

What are some things parents can do to prevent teen drug use?

• Talk to your kids about drugs: 90% of addictions start in the teen years and ½ can be prevented with conversation with trusted adults
• Be clear with your expectation of no drug use: your kids need to know where you stand on this issue
• Practice refusal skills: use teachable moments from TV shows or school situations to help kids work thought how they would handle situations in which there are drugs
• Monitor the medicine cabinet: many teens start drug use through prescription medication that is in the house. Lock it away or dispose of these medications through community “take-back” events so that adolescents do not have access.

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How Can Parents Safely Dispose of Unused Medications to Help Prevent Teen Drug Abuse?


Elise Schram
Community Initiatives Coordinator
DuPage County Health Department
Phone: (630) 221-7075

Today I’m here to talk with you about how parents can safely dispose of unused medications and prevent the risk of prescription drug abuse. The DuPage County Health Department launched the Rx Box Program in 2009 in response to prescription drug abuse among teens. The Rx Box Program is an environmentally safe and easy way of disposing unused medicines, eliminating the risk of these prescription drugs being misused and abused. The problem is between 30 and 80% of patients do not finish commonly prescribed medications such as pain medicines, antibiotics, and beta blockers. According to the Center for Disease Control, prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing problem among youth between 12 and 17 years old. Most of these teens are abusing the unused medications in their very own home.

The DuPage County Health Department’s solution to this problem is the Rx Box responsible disposing system. The Rx Program has established 12 locations scattered throughout DuPage County making it easily accessible for everyone to utilize. The medications are collected and removed periodically from theses locations. They are then safely incinerated in an environmentally friendly way according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency protocols.

Since the program was launched five years ago, the Rx Box has collected over 40,000 pounds of unused medications. For more information on the Rx Box program, and to find a location near you, visit The simple act of cleaning out your medicine cabinet could save a life and protect your teen’s future!

Locations offering Rx Boxes are:

Addison Police Department
1 Friendship Plaza, Addison, IL 60101

Bloomingdale Police Department
2015 Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Burr Ridge Police Department
7660 S. County Line Rd # 1, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Carol Stream Police Department
500 N. Gary Avenue, Carol Stream, IL 60188

DuPage County Sheriff
501 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

Glendale Heights Police Department
300 Civic Plaza, Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Lemont Police Department
416 Main Street, Lemont, IL 60439

Lisle Police Department
5040 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532

Oak Brook Police Department
1200 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60521

Schaumburg Police Deparment
1000 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Wheaton Police Department
900 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton, IL 60187

Wood Dale Police Department
404 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191

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What Drugs Do Teens Use?


Michael Kuna, M.D.
Genesis Clinical Services
Wheaton, IL
(630) 653-6441

What Drugs Do Teens Use?

What are the typical drugs that teenagers use? There are a number of ways to
survey this information. They include first drugs, the average number of teens using
drugs on a given day and studies that explore specific sub-groups, like high school seniors.

These studies show that alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes and prescription medicines
are the most common drugs of abuse among teenagers. Drugs like crack cocaine,
methamphetamine and heroin are used by much smaller groups of teens. However,
these drugs often lead to deadly consequences as illustrated by the increase in
deaths caused by heroin overdoses.

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Why Are Kids Getting Hooked on Heroin?


Bob Marshall, Police Chief, City of Naperville
1350 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-6161

Why Are Kids Getting Hooked?

There is a huge problem in our community with young adults getting addicted to prescription drugs, be they prescribed after injury or taken from a parent’s medicine cabinet. Once hooked on these, they move on other substances. We are seeing this in younger people- late teens to early 20s. Heroin is highly addictive- one may become hooked after using it only 2 or 3 times. Once addicted, an individual needs professional treatment to treat their addiction.

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