Stark County Anti-Drug Coalition Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County in partnership with
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Students Elementary


Tips for Kids

Kids can get poisoned by eating, drinking, touching or smelling something that can make you sick or hurt you. Some things, like medicine, can make you sick if you take the wrong kind, or if you take too much. Always ask a trusted grown-up before you take any medicine.

Remember: If you don’t know what something is, never put it in your mouth. Always ask a trusted grown-up first. Never take medicine unless a grown-up gives it to you.

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Prescription Drugs

Get a Grip on Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs are medications that are prescribed to a patient by a doctor for legitimate health reasons, like treating cancer, mental illness or easing pain after a surgery. Taking a pill that is prescribed for someone other than you is dangerous and considered prescription drug abuse — even if you only do it once.

When abused, many prescription drugs can be as dangerous and addictive as illegal "street" drugs.

Using a prescription drug to get high is not safer than taking an illegal drug. Prescription drugs are powerful and can be as dangerous as taking an illegal drug like cocaine or heroin. Even one improper use of a prescription drug can be dangerous. Abuse of prescription drugs also can result in addiction, serious health issues, and in some cases, can be deadly.

Mixing prescription drugs with alcohol can be unsafe and potentially fatal.

Many teens may not realize that mixing certain prescription medications with alcohol can be very dangerous. In combination, prescription medications and alcohol can cause nausea and vomiting, internal bleeding and breathing difficulties. When mixed in larger quantities, the combination can be deadly.

What's the bottom line?

Getting prescription drugs without a prescription is illegal, and abusing prescription medications can be dangerous.

So what’s a kid suppose to do?

Get the Facts

The more you know about the risks of abusing prescription drugs, the better able you will be to make smart choices.

Talk to Your Parents

Even if it feels weird or awkward, talk to your parents. They love you and want to be there for you. Don't be afraid to start a conversation with them or ask questions – no matter what you've already done. Start the conversation today, and let them know that you need their support without their judgment. Together with your parents, you can work through the problem.

Manage Stress

Most everyone at some point in their lives feels stressed and goes through difficult times. Some people believe they can manage their stress and feel better by taking prescription drugs. The reality is that drugs don’t fix the problems that are causing the stress in the first place.

Help a Friend

It’s hard to watch friends make bad choices. It's also hard to get involved and start a conversation with them about their behavior. If you know someone who might have a problem with prescription drug abuse you can begin the conversation and get them help.

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Resources for Elementary Students

Education

  • FDA for Kids
    FDA For Kids
    FDA’s Kids Home Page
    An interactive site detailing everything the FDA does and how it impacts children. The child friendly site offers quizzes, an interactive skeleton named Yorrick, opinion polls, an "In The News" section and more. It's "Health Information for Teens" provides information about drugs, other issues related to drug use and overall health.
  • Adventures in Pharmacy
    Adventures in Pharmacy (Grades 3-5)
    http://www.pharmacy.ohio-state.edu/outreach/generation-rx/PharmacyAdventures.cfm
    Episode 1: Brutus Buckeye Gets a Cold provides a story and activities related to the use of over-the-counter drugs.
  • KidsHealth from Nemours
    KidsHealth Home Page
    http://www.kidshealth.org/
    This Web site provides information about drug abuse, so you can empower yourself with the knowledge to make smarter decisions.
  • Above the Influence
    Above The Influence
    http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/
    Every teen’s life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol.
  • Check Yourself
    Check Yourself
    http://www.checkyourself.com/
    This Web site is a cool way for you to be more aware of the influences around you and can help you carefully consider the risks when you’re faced with tough decisions.
  • The Partnership at DrugFree.Org
    The Partnership® at DrugFree.org
    http://www.drugfree.org/
    If you want to check out where you are with drugs and alcohol, visit this Web site from the Partnership at Drugfree.org.
  • NIDA: National Institute of Drug Abuse
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    http://www.nida.nih.gov/
    What medicines are and what they do? How do pain relievers work? What you need to know about drugs.

Activities and Games

  • KidJam! Radio
    KIDJAM! Radio
    www.kidjamradio.com
    KIDJAM! is a new and exciting commercial-free online listening experience that kids and parents can enjoy together. The sound is fresh and fun featuring hit tunes spanning five decades. Celebrate Harmony KIDJAM!
  • Follow Sarah Bellum (blog)
    The Sara Bellum Blog
    http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/
    The Sara Bellum Blog is written by a team of NIDA scientists, science writers, and public health analysts of all ages. We connect you with the latest scientific research and news, so you can use that info to make healthy, smart decisions.
  • Brain Games | Visit NIDA for Teens
    Brain Games NIDA for Teens
    http://teens.drugabuse.gov/havefun/index.php
    Play Brain Destiny, follow Sara’s Quest, Pick a Card or take a quiz to learn more about your unique personality.

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Fortuneteller

Predict the effects of Prescription drug abuse with this Paper Fortuneteller!

Predict the Effects of Prescription
Drug Abuse!

Get interactive the old school way with the paper fortuneteller! It’s a fun (and safe) way to discover the effects of prescription drug abuse. Just choose an activity, select a prescription drug, and voila! See the possible outcome for yourself. Check out the next page for a template to make your very own today. This low-tech guide is brought to you by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Is this for real? You bet. These side effects can happen when you abuse or misuse prescription drugs. Although not all of the side effects will happen to everyone, taking prescription drugs without a prescription or ignoring your doctor’s instructions is dangerous. You never know what you’re getting into.

The paper fortuneteller template

It's easy–all you have to do is print, cut, and fold this paper fortuneteller template! Then consult this "interactive" predictor to discover possible side effects of prescription drug abuse. Enjoy!

Download Template (PDF)      Download Instructions (PDF)

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse

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