Did you know that 41% of the youth in our community who have used alcohol in the past 30 days report getting it from their parents without permission? More staggeringly, perhaps, is that 29% report getting it from their parents with permission. The numbers are similar regarding ease of access for prescription drugs as well.
So, what can you do about this? Whether it is the holiday season or any other time of the year, you can automatically limit access and availability of alcohol and prescription or over-the-counter drugs in your home by taking certain precautions and encouraging your family and friends to do the same.
- Lock It Up! Consider locking up all your alcohol and prescription drugs so that they cannot be accessed by your children or their friends. Click here to view locks and other safeguards you can purchase right away.
- Know What You Have In Stock. It is important to know what’s inside your medicine and liquor cabinets – even if they are under lock and key. If you notice something is missing, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Dispose. Properly disposing of your unused alcohol and unused or expired prescription drugs is another key to preventing abuse. Click here to learn about our Think Inside the Box medication disposal program.
As you prepare for the holiday season, be sure to include safeguarding your home as part of the plan. In so doing, you will be ensuring the safety of your family, friends, and other loved ones and will be part of the solution to significantly reducing underage drinking and drug use in our community.