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Drug Prevention at Home

March 28, 2008
by Gary Enos
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Federal anti-drug messages targeting youths and parents are focusing on a danger that hits close to home: the family medicine chest. The theme of prescription drug misuse runs throughout the Bush administration's final National Drug Control Strategy, and public service announcements are advising parents to safeguard their supplies of medications that teens might perceive as harmless. A recent full-page newspaper ad in the "Parents: The Anti-Drug" series warns parents that "When teens want to get high, your prescription is available for pickup." What was more striking to me than the message was the ad's broad-based list of supporting health organizations, from the American Society of Addiction Medicine to the National Association of School Nurses.

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What ever happened to communication,honesty and investing time with our children as the best prevention method? We can all have our medicine cabinets under lock and key and gear them with technology's latest explosive devices, and if our kids want to use just go to the home's cleaners or spray cans.Besides what is Mom and Dad hiding with so much effort. Maybe they need a12-Step program. Heck, make it a family outting to a NA meeting. This way they can all share. If a person has the need to get high, they are un-stoppable. Put addicts on the moon and they'll land up smoking moon rocks. It's the nature of the beast called "Addiction". But of all prevention methods my favorites have always been the Federal anti-drug messages. Remember "Just say no" coined by Nancy Reagon? If these Pearls of Wisdom would hit their targets as intended, all Addiction Professionals would un-employed and treatment centers would be closed. Imagine a client/patient seeking treatment, before addmission they're informed to "Just Say No" and as a result they continue with this slogen and incorporat it in their life-style, Ladies and gentlemen we have cured ADDICTION! The Feds should stick to what they do best, but I can't think of anything at this time. Let me do some research. Mom & Dad, this one is for you, "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing -Albert Schweitzer

2 many prescription drugs + 2 many parents not at home = 4midable challenges

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Gary A. Enos has been the editor of Addiction Professional since its inception. He...