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Iowa Medicine Talk, Lock and Connect

Connecting to resources for preventing prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse in Iowa teens is important. If you suspect your teen is misusing drugs, take action and talk to your teen. Reiterate your rules and expectations and enforce consequences.

Five Key Steps for Parents to Prevent Teen Abuse of Medicines

  1. Understand why teens misuse prescription and OTC drugs. Teens misuse drugs because drugs change the way they feel, and medicines are perceived to be safe…or safer than alternatives.
  2. Set a good example. Don’t misuse or share prescription drugs or OTC medications and teach your children about values for proper medication use.
  3. Lock up or secure your medicines. Take inventory in your home and other homes where your teens may have access.
  4. Be familiar with the signs of misuse. They include slurred speech, staggering walk, sweating, nausea, vomiting, numbness of extremities, dilated pupils, drowsiness and dizziness.
  5. Be vigilant about your children’s activities online. Anyone who has a computer and a credit card can order prescription drugs online. Monitor the websites your teen has visited and track purchases made with a credit card.

Helpful Resources for Parents

You’ve already taken the first step in becoming more informed by clicking on our website. Explore our site for more detailed information, or call us at the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center helpline, 866-242-4111.

Your teen’s school counselor, pediatrician or family physician are also good resources, or you can click here for a listing of treatment centers in your area.

Here are some other helpful online resources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Prescription Drug Abuse Info

Medline Plus/ National Institutes of Health

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention / Office of National Drug Control Policy

Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy

CDC Policy Impact: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

NIDA for Teens

Parent Tool Kit

Medicine Abuse Project

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