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WEEK 4 (October 22-31)

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6.4 million Americans abused Rx drugs; a majority obtained from family and friends medicine cabinet. #safedisposal auburngenerics.com
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Proper disposal of medication affects and protects more than just the environment. auburngenerics.com
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It’s National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. Protect the #tweens in your family. #PreventMedAbuse
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Never use more than 1 medicine with the same active ingredient at a time. #PreventMedAbuse
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Tip: OTC medicines need to be treated with the same care & caution as Rx drugs. #PreventMedAbuse
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Tip: Have questions about OTC medicine? Ask your pediatrician, nurse, or pharmacist. #PreventMedAbuse
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4.4% of young adults aged 18-25 have reported nonmedical use of prescription drugs in the past month. What you don’t use, dispose! #PreventMedAbuse
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If a take-back program isn’t available in your area, dispose of most medicines in your trash by mixing with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds.
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#Tweens you know may be taking OTC meds without supervision. #PreventMedAbuse
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True or false? It is okay for you to use a regular teaspoon or household spoon to measure liquid medicines. The answer is “No!” You should ALWAYS use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Learn other important facts to keep your children safe. #PreventMedAbuse
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Did you know that by age 16, approximately 90 percent of adolescents have self-administered over-the-counter (OTC) medicines? #PreventMedAbuse
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#OTCed Tip: Over-the-counter medicines need to be treated with the same care and caution as prescription (Rx) drugs. Learn about OTC medicine safety and talk with your #tween today.
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WEEK 3 (October 15-21)

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1 out of 3 teens knows someone who has abused #OTC cough medicine to get high: StopMedicineAbuse.org #PreventMedAbuse
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By age 11, students begin to self-medicate. Without the knowledge and training to make safe choices, mistakes can happen. #PreventMedAbuse
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More than 90% of the prescription medicines most susceptible to abuse are generics. #PreventMedAbuse
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To help #PreventMedAbuse, 14 states have passed laws to prohibit the sale of medicines containing #DXM to minors. StopMedicineAbuse.
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More than 1/2 of non-medical drug users get medicine from family or friends. Not drug dealers. #PreventMedAbuse
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Just because medicine is #OTC doesn’t mean it is “safer.” scholastic.com/otc-med-safety #PreventMedAbuse
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Only 31% of teens say that abusing OTC cough medicine is something they would be ashamed of. StopMedicineAbuse.org #PreventMedAbuse #StopMedAbuse
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Only 54% of #tweens know over-the-counter (OTC) medicine can be dangerous when misused. #PreventMedAbuse
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WEEK 2 (October 8-14)

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1 in 25 teens get high on cough medicine StopMedicineAbuse.org #PreventMedAbuse
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By age 16, approximately 90% of adolescents report self-administering OTC medications. #PreventMedAbuse
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Organize a community meeting to educate #parents on the dangers of med abuse. #PreventMedAbuse
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Teens sometimes take up to 25x the recommended dose of OTC cough medicine with #DXM to get high. StopMedicineAbuse.org #PreventMedAbuse
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Create a Medicine Action Plan. Be sure you’re using and storing medicines safely in your home. http://bit.ly/2db5zve #PreventMedAbuse
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Stop #overprescribing. ER data indicates a 30% rise in Med abuse-related incidents. #PreventMedAbuse
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It isn’t just liquid. Medicines with DXM also come in capsules, gelcaps, lozenges and tablets. StopMedicineAbuse.org #PreventMedAbuse
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You can help #PreventMedAbuse by spreading the word to parents, teachers and others in your community. StopMedicineAbuse.org #StopMedAbuse
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WEEK 1 (October 1-7)

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Get familiar with the side effects and warning signs of OTC cough medicine abuse: StopMedicineAbuse.org #PreventMedAbuse #StopMedAbuse
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Teens who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs. #PreventMedAbuse
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In 2013, US poison centers managed over 250,000 exposure cases, ages 6 – 19; over 50% from medication errors and misuse. #PreventMedAbuse
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Recently, Rx painkillers have resulted in more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined #PreventMedAbuse
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Keep an ear out for slang terms teens use for dextromethorphan (DXM) abuse: StopMedicineAbuse.org #PreventMedAbuse #StopMedAbuse
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It’s National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. Learn the facts and spread the word: http://bit.ly/2cT6XDz #PreventMedAbuse
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