The Kids Aren’t Alright
Tweens and teens can easily get their hands on prescription drugs — even if it’s not their prescription. Data from 2022 shows that Kansas students as young as sixth grade report using prescription medication not prescribed to them. So how did they get it? 38% got the prescriptions from a friend or relative. And 23% were stolen from someone close to them.
Source: Greenbush. (2012). Kansas Communities that Care (KCTC) Student Survey. Girard: Greenbush- The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, on behalf of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Retrieved from www.kctcdata.org
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What’s more, kids are using social media and texting for easy access to drug hook ups. Using secret emoji slang, they can disguise messages with friends and dealers, shielding parents and other prying eyes from their actions. Last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released a parental guide to the Emoji Drug Code | Decoded to help combat the problem.