Protect Your Teen From Prescription Drug Abuse | Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler – Episode 4
February 13, 2018
Grades, winning, being a leader, joining the right club, getting into the college of your choice, being liked on social media, what to do and who to be—these are all things that create huge pressure for our teens and twenty somethings.
One of the ways they’re dealing with that pressure is by overusing and abusing prescription drugs. This is a sneaky situation that takes parents by surprise. Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler, two of the co-founders of DASIUM and co-hosts of the Mighty Parenting podcast, are diving into the problem of prescription drug abuse and misuse; taking a look at who’s at risk and what parents can do to intervene and prevent it on the home-front.
A Favorite Quote from the Show:
“Parents always ask, “How was I so blind, how did I miss all the signs?””
The High Points:
Our kids are under extreme pressure in everyday life. That pressure can lead to emotional pain. The emotional pain can cause them to turn to unhealthy coping strategies, including prescription drug abuse in teens.
Prescription Drug abuse sneaks up because:
Parents don’t expect kids to use the family medicine cabinet as a drug source.
Early use doesn’t have the physical display that street drugs or alcohol do.
Parents inadvertently contribute the pressure by:
Judging our kids
Sending the message that your child can’t handle things without you
Refusing to take off our blinders and accept that our child could be in trouble
Not teaching them alternative/healthy coping strategies
Not allowing them to experience the negative emotions or consequence of actions when choosing to use unhealthy strategies for managing their daily lives.
Seven things parents can do to reduce the risk:
Watch what’s being prescribed*
Ask your doctor and pharmacist questions
Request non-narcotic pain relievers
Lock up prescriptions
Dispose of unused prescriptions (including pet meds)
Give your child a code word to get out of sticky situations
*At times there may be a need for a strong pain reliever in order for an injury to heal without putting unnecessary stress on the patient. So please talk with your doctor and find the healthy balance of when prescription medication is truly a necessity.
More from our Guests:
Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler are entrepreneurs who help people live better lives. When they saw the growing number of teens and young adults struggling with depression and addiction and attempting suicide, they knew they could make a difference. Along with Geoffrey Davis, they created DASIUM to reach individuals and families in need. They focus on creating awareness of the growing problem, providing knowledge and inspiring action that saves lives. Explore DASIUM.net and discover ways you and your community can get ahead of this growing crisis.
To learn more or connect with our guest, visit DASIUM.net
Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler are entrepreneurs who help people live better lives. After creating DASIUM they realized they could help parents avoid the challenges and pain they experienced. Mighty Parenting is what families need to get real, relevant information about raising teens and parenting young adults in today's world.