An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure- Benjamin Franklin
Delaying the age at which substance use begins helps prevent substance use disorders.
Parents want the best for their kids and sometimes we worry about what our teenager is doing when we are not with them. Parents can’t be everywhere all the time, and we sometimes ask ourselves if we are doing everything we can to provide the best environment for our teen to succeed and thrive.
Santa Cruz County youth routinely report that one of the most common ways they access alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription medication is from their home, or other homes (friends and relatives). This knowledge allows us as parents to make a profound and direct impact on whether or not youth in our community have access to substances that can cause them harm.
You can help contribute to knowledge about the accessibility of Santa Cruz County youth to medications, cannabis, and alcohol by taking the appropriate anonymous survey below.
Monitor: Take Inventory. Count your medications from the pharmacist and keep track of them as you use them.
Secure: Lock up medications, cannabis, and alcohol in a drawer, cabinet or lock box.
Dispose of Properly: Never dispose of medication in the trash, sink or toilet. Take unused medications to a convenient take-back location. The Sharp Solutions for Home Medicines Program in Santa Cruz county offers take-back programs at many pharmacies, medical clinics, police stations and household hazardous waste facilities. For locations, visit www.sharpmedsolutions.org or call 831.454.2160.
More information and resources about prescription drug abuse and misuse can be found at: www.ncapda.org,www.drugabuse.gov. To learn more, provide feedback or to join us in reducing Rx drug abuse and misuse, check out our web page at http://www.communitypreventionpartners.com/ or “like” Community Prevention Partners or Safe RX Santa Cruz County on Facebook.