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Healthful Information

Learn About Teen Prescription (Rx) Drug Abuse
Did you know that it is estimated that 48,000,000 Americans age 12 years and older have taken prescription medication for “non-medical” reasons?  According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement administration (DEA), every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time; 2 in 5 teens believe that prescription drugs are “much safer” than illicit drugs.  Sixty-three percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from friends’ and family’s medicine cabinet.
Take Action: Parents 
Check out the Smart Moves, Smart Choices web site for more information regarding prescription drug abuse: http://smartmovessmartchoices.org/parents


Sun Safety Awareness for Parents
Tanning is out — your skin is in. See this website from the Melanoma Foundation of New England regarding UV safety and protection: http://mfne.org/prevent-melanoma/parent-points/.