Research suggests that an alarming number of teenagers are experimenting with, or abusing prescription and over-the-counter medications. For teens, prescription and over-the-counter medications may have appeal for a number of reasons…
-They are easily accessible
-They are perceived as safe when compared to street drugs
-They are legal, doctor-prescribed medications
Commonly used medications that teens are using include: Prescription painkillers – Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin Prescription stimulants – Ritalin, Adderall Cold and cough medications – Robitussin, Coricidin Cough & Cold
Medication Drop-Off Sites
Dispose of unwanted or unused over the counter and prescription medications at the following drop box locations:
Ansonia Police Department, 2 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401
New Haven Police Department, 1 Union Ave., New Haven, CT 06519
Seymour Police Department, 11 Franklin Street, Seymour, CT 06483
Shelton Police Department, 1 Wheeler Street, Shelton, CT 06484
West Haven Police Department 200 Saw Mill Road, West Haven, CT 06516
C.A.R.E.S. (Community Addiction and Recovery Education and Support) is to provide education, support, resources and hope for communities, families, and individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Learn more here.
College-aged youths are abusing a number of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and illegal drugs, including Adderall, alcohol, cold medicine, OxyContin and medical marijuana.
Learn more at drugwatch.com.
Too Smart to Start helps youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems. It provides useful programs and strategies, downloadable materials, interactive games and exercises, and other resources to support you in responding to The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.
The 40 Developmental Assets are building blocks for raising healthy children and youth. Since its creation in 1990, Search Institute’s framework of Developmental Assets has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.
Background —Grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention, the Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive.
The Power of Assets —Studies of more than 2.2 million young people in the United States consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors (see table below) and the more likely they are to thrive. Assets have power for all young people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or race/ethnicity. Furthermore, levels of assets are better predictors of high-risk involvement and thriving than poverty or being from a single-parent family.
CT Statewide Narcotics Task Force – all calls are strictly confidential – 203-630-5610