Teens and Prescription Drugs

September 30, 2010 Updated Sep 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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September 30, 2010 Updated Sep 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse is holding seminars called "How to Handle Your Teenager 101" now through the end of the year.

They kicked things off Wednesday night with a prescription drug prevention workshop. Council officials said prescription drug abuse is a big problem among teens.

"You just don't think you need to protect your kids from prescription drugs but they're being taken out f our medicine cabinets by our children and their friends," Sally Yagerie with the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse said.

In fact, according to the Council more than 20 percent of high school students are abusing prescription drugs.

Marie Venti has grown children and thought she had seen it all.

"Back in the nineties we were worried more about teenage pregnancy and drop out, not going to college. Now, I find out it is such a casual thing to take prescription medication out of someone's cabinet and distribute it to you friends and be so casual about it. I myself won't even take and extra Asprin so I'm quite shocked," Marie Venti said.

Officials with the council said there are ways to prevent this from happening and they gave parents a lesson at their seminar.

"More awareness. We have to make parents believe this is happening," Yagerie said.

They said once parents understand, they can educate their children about the dangers before it's too late.

The workshop also showed parents the signs of abuse so they can help stop their child if they have already begun using drugs.

The council will hold their next seminar on October 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Horizon Family Recovery Center at 6495 Transit Road in Amherst. The title of that workshop is "Motivating Adolescents to Make Positive Changes".

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