Medication abuse is a national epidemic according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chesterfield County is no exception. In fact, the percentage of teens in Chesterfield County abusing medications is higher than the national average, as indicated by the 2012 Community Youth Survey conducted by Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc., or SAFE, Chesterfield County’s substance abuse prevention coalition.
Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription medications get them from their families or friends. SAFE recently surveyed more than 100 county parents and found that nearly all have prescription or over-the-counter medications in their homes, but only one in four keeps them in a secure location.
To help prevent unauthorized use of medications, SAFE, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, will launch “Lock Your Meds,” a two-month media-awareness campaign aimed at providing parents and grandparents with information about the importance of securing medications. TVisit chesterfieldsafe.org for more information.