Extra Friday videos this week are not funny, so be warned.
Prescription drug abuse among children: big fucking problem. Huge. And many, many people don’t know it’s happening within their families.
When I was a kid, this PSA from Long Island ran during the summer (or maybe because I was in Jersey I saw it during the summer). When I was a teenager, I remember giggling at it, thinking, “Wait, if you take the prescription pills, will the other pills start singing?!”
It never occurred to me, though, to take someone else’s prescriptions. I have a big honkin’ allergy to most painkillers, and can only take very few prescription analgesic medications. Because of the rampant abuse of prescription narcotics, I have to go through several crazy-ass steps to acquire pain medication (which were a royal, well, pain when, post c-section, I couldn’t drive). Because I know how sought-after prescription painkillers are, though, I have my driver’s license out at the pharmacy the way I take my shoes off at the airport – it’s automatic and understood.
This week’s Friday video was inspired by Teresa Medeiros’ sad account of losing her nephew Daniel from an accidental overdose of prescription medication:
If you know a kid that you suspect is in trouble, act. Open a dialogue. Confront. Get the rest of the family involved if you have to. Don’t just assume they’ll grow out of it.
Because they might not get the chance.
I wish I had a link to the Carroll O’Connor PSA from a few years ago, but I’ll quote him, though it’s not as effective as hearing him: “Get between your kids and drugs any way you can if you want to save the kid`s life.”
For more information about prescription drug abuse, visit TheAntiDrug.com. Or ask your nearest teenager. Your jaw may drop at what they can tell you.