Operation Medicine Cabinet
Empty your medicine cabinet of unused, unnecessary or expired prescription medication immediately. You can do so by participating in one of our prescription drug "take back" programs. Participants can drop off prescription drugs with no questions asked and receive a $5.00 gift card to local stores and pharmacies. For information about when and where BSO will hold its next "take back" program, download our schedule.
Would You Know if Your Child Was Addicted to Prescription Drugs?
While illegal drug use among teens is falling, teen prescription drug abuse is on the rise. One in five teens has abused a prescription pain medication, and in Florida prescription drugs have killed 300% more people than illegal drugs.
Prescription and Non Prescription Overdose Deaths
Between June 2010 and May 2011, the Broward Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit investigated 53 overdose death cases in Broward County.
- 79% of those deaths were overdoses by prescription drugs; 21% were from other drugs.
- 85% of these deaths were accidental; 15% were intentional suicides.
- 96% of the victims were Caucasian; 4% were African American.
- 70% of the victims were men; 30% were women.
Prescription drugs are easier for kids to get than illicit drugs ï¿½ mostly from their parents' medicine cabinets, but also from friends' homes, internet pharmacies or classmates. Some signs that your child might be abusing include:
- personality changes
- social withdrawal
- a change in appearance
- erratic behavior
What Parents Can Do
- Monitor your medicine cabinets. Count how many pills you have and make note of the date when you should expect to refill your prescriptions. Be aware that kids may obtain these drugs from medicine cabinets while visiting friends or family. Restrict the availability of these substances within your home.
- Talk with your child about drug use. Help him or her understand that misused prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs. When used in combination with other substances, such as alcohol, prescription drug use can be fatal.
- Attend a "drug take back" program to rid your home of useless or expired medications. Visit www.sheriff.org/OMC for dates and times.
For more information about BSO's Prescription Drug Take Back Program please contact:
Jonathon Fishman, Prescription Drug Prevention Specialist
Broward Sheriff's Office
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