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MEDIA ADVISORY: Massachusetts Survey Findings Reveal Parents’ Attitudes and Actions Around Teen Abuse of Prescription Medicines

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WHAT:  Join Rep. Liz Malia and Sen. John Keenan for a briefing to share results of a statewide parent survey on attitudes and behaviors regarding prescription drugs, conducted by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.  

Prescription drug abuse is of critical concern in the Commonwealth, devastating families and communities and killing more people than car crashes each year.  The survey results call for action and solutions, and Lt. Gov. Murray, Rep. Malia and Sen. Keenan will share what is being done in Massachusetts to prevent this dangerous, and deadly, behavior. 

The event also marks the statewide rollout of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’s Time To Act community education program, the centerpiece of the nonprofit’s intervention resources for parents, guiding them in step-by-step action if they think or know their child is using drugs or drinking.  The program has been successfully piloted in Lynn, South Boston, Dorchester and Lowell.

*WHO: Rep. Elizabeth Malia, Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Sen. John Keenan, Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Steve Pasierb, President and CEO, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids                        

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12

11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Massachusetts Statehouse, Room A-2 (1st floor)

*All are available for interviews before or after the briefing to discuss prescription drug abuse and drug abuse prevention.

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3 Responses to this article

  1. Lauren Brennan / October 5, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Please also put this on TV :

    Motivation + access > perceived risk
    What motivates teens to engage in prescription drug abuse? Ultimately, their desire for getting high outweighs their perception of the risks.

    12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined
    60% of teens who have abused prescription painkillers did so before age 15
    There are as many new abusers age 12 to 17 of prescription drugs as there are of marijuana
    Every day, 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. They’re accessing these drugs in the comfort of home; it can be as easy as opening a cupboard, drawer, or medicine cabinet. The good news – there are steps you can take to help protect your kids from prescription drug abuse: monitor, secure and dispose. This site, created by Abbott and The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, shows you how.

  2. Avatar of Lauren Brennan
    Lauren Brennan / October 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Hello,
    My daughter Stephanie took some prescription drugs, I was told, and died in her sleep. Her birthday is tomorrow. I just saw on channel WGN a message to parents to watch out for their prescription drugs from Partnership at Drugfree.org. I had seen it before but did not know what it meant. I grew up in the 70′s and had know idea about perscription drugs. The message needs to be more clear. Please add “Prescription drug abuse is of critical concern in the Commonwealth, devastating families and communities and killing more people than car crashes each year.” I can tell my story. It must be why it happened. Please let me know how I can be involved. Sincerely, Lauren Brennan

  3. Avatar of Becky Vance
    Becky Vance / October 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Dear Lauren,
    My deepest condolences for your loss. It is such a tragedy and there is no getting over it. We would love to talk to you about sharing your story but don’t know how to reach you. If you could e-mail your contact information to me, we will give you a call. Thank you for posting what you posted.
    Becky

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