Introduction:Parents need to know that pill parties hosted by teens are sweeping across America with a killer broom. Here are disturbing facts about the latest teen craze and parental suggestions for communicating their dangers to your teen.
The host or hostess invites his/her teen friends to a pill party, often via e-mail. Pill parties are another reason parents should monitor their teen's computer activities.
Perspective attendees raid parent's medicine cabinet, grabbing over-the-counter and/or prescription meds for their "donation".
The teen party giver sets-up a large bowl and teenagers attending the party toss in assorted meds they have brought from home. Medicines can range anywhere from cold tablets to tranquilizers. The person giving the party stirs the pills up. Everybody helps him/herself to a handful of drugs, as frequently as desired.
As a double whammy, alcohol flows freely at these disturbing pill parties. After scooping-up pills, the teen generally slugs them down with an alcoholic beverage.
Statistics via "The Partnership for a Drug Free America" suggest that 20% of teens abuse painkillers. When teens reach high school the statistics state that an alarming five out of ten (50%) teens abuse painkillers. When painkillers are added to pill party cocktails, consequences heighten.
Kids across America are suffering irreparable organ damage, chronic illnesses and even death resulting from these disturbing pill parties.
When your teen is invited to a pill party, they may use a private code word, "I've been invited to a pharm party." (Pronounced like farm) Unsuspecting parents may assume their teenager is going to a barn dance.
Not so! Pharm parties are pill parties. It is just another name for parties where the teen's goal is to get high.
NOW is the time to communicate with your teen about medication - over-the-counter and/or prescription drugs. Do whatever big parental thing that gets your teen's attention.
Consider taking every drug in the house and explaining its correct use. Accentuate the potential dangers of misuse. Ensure they understand about side-effects that are attached to the drug. Talk serious about the dangers of mixing pills with alcohol.
Give your child the gift of knowledge about the dangers of mixing pills for "fun" - knowledge is power.
Know what meds are in your home and keep an accounting. If you observe that drugs are missing, don't procrastinate. Get pro-active and investigate the missing drugs until you find out what happened to them.
If you have reason to suspect your child is abusing painkillers or attending pill parties, seek counseling or if necessary, get your teen into rehab.
Monitor their Internet activities. Another form of the pill party is conducted on the Internet where teens pass along "recipes" for dangerous drug cocktails.
Parents our children are dying, Pill parties are serious business. Be aware, be conscious; know what your teen is doing. Especially if he/she is "doing" drugs.
Such an important assortment of parental advice composed to help teens avoid these parties.
Wow, this is disturbing and it is good for you to raise awareness of this issue. As the parent of a teenager I am grateful for it. H5 all the way.
Sad that this is happening. Great ending to your list! H5!
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