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Help End Medicine Abuse

When taken as prescribed, medicine can help you get well or stay healthy;
but when misused or abused, medicine can be deadly. To help end teen
medicine abuse, safeguard and dispose of medications properly and...

Take The Pledge

An Alarming Trend

Studies show that more teens are abusing prescription medicine than ever before:

  • One in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once. That's a 33 percent increase in the last five years. This translates to about 5 million teens – almost twice the population of Chicago.*
  • Many teens think abusing prescription drugs is safer than abusing illegal drugs.

Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription painkillers say they get them from friends and family.

The Campaign

The Medicine Abuse Project is a national action campaign launched by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse.

The goal of The Medicine Abuse Project is to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine by the year 2017. The campaign rallies parents grandparents, educators, health care professionals, communities and law enforcement officials to collectively help end teen medicine abuse and ultimately save lives.

CVS/pharmacy has made a $250,000 commitment to The Medicine Abuse Project to aid in spreading the national call to action for awareness.

Want to know more about The Medicine Abuse Project? Learn More

What You Can Do

We can all help end medicine abuse. Get started today:

  • Take The Pledge to help end medicine abuse at drugfree.org/MedicineAbuseProject
  • Educate yourself. Visit drugfree.org for a wealth of information and resources.
  • Talk to teens about the risks of abusing medicine.
  • Learn how to safeguard, dipose of and safely store prescription medicine in the home.
  • Spread the word. Share what you know with family, friends, neighbors and your community.
  • Call The Partnership at Drugfree.org's Parents Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE
    if you have questions about medicine abuse.

Learn how to dispose of your medications at your local CVS/pharmacy. Learn More

*Source: The 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, sponsored by MetLife Foundation


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