It’s national safety month at the National Safety Council and the first week of June is all about preventing prescription drug overdose. Unintentional overdose from drugs purchased over the counter at pharmacies, prescribed by doctors, or bought illegally is the second leading cause of deaths that can easily be prevented in the United States. According to the National Safety Council website, between 1993 and 2003, there was a 107% increase in the poisoning rate in Americans aged 20 to 64. Almost 10% of teenagers aged 12 to 17 are illicit drug users, while 3.3% of teenagers are using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, based on statistics taken for the year 2005. Based on information from DrugFree.org, many teenagers aged 12-17 are using Rx pain relievers, stimulants, sedatives and tranquilizers. In fact, if abused, pain killers can be just as dangerous as heroin, because they both share the common substance, opioid. A good way to start overseeing the prevention of drug use in a loved one is to find out what you’re dealing with. Many parents of children who are victims of the effects of drug abuse–the ultimate being death–have expressed that they one of their greatest regrets was not being able to figure out what drugs their children were abusing at the time. Knowing what enemy their children were facing would have been helpful to aiding their recovery. Many parents turn to something like a Drug Identification Kit that can aid in the process of discovery and developing an honest conversation over drug use. These tests can be used on drugs ranging from Marijuana to Heroin and test for the chemicals found in prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
With such staggeringly high numbers of drug users in the U.S. alone, many people turn to such a drug testing kit in order to get a definitive answer of drug use. If a parent or loved one can test a suspicious substance and find out if their suspicions are real, then they can create an open and honest dialogue with the drug user. These kits aren’t designed to get users in trouble, but rather as a tool for parents and family members. An environment that establishes the dangers of drug abuse will aid good decision making and help at least one more person live a drug-free life.
Learn more about the National Safety Council’s Drug Prevention Week.